Terrifying new footage has emerged of the moment Max Verstappen’s car hit Lewis Hamilton’s head at the Italian GP.
Recently released dashcam footage shows just how serious Lewis Hamilton’s crash with Max Verstappen could have been at Sunday’s Italian GP.
F1 icons collided as the Dutchman attempted to overtake the chicane at Turn 1 and nearly ran over the Briton’s head. Only the Halo security system in Hamilton’s car prevented the British legend from being seriously injured.
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As a result, Verstappen received a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Russia.
Hamilton left with only a headache and neck pain, but the new view from the front of his car shows just how dangerous the crush could have been.
Verstappen tried to pass but was unable to complete the move and bounced off Hamilton’s car as the Mercedes driver defended his position.
Speaking after the race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “Halo definitely saved Lewis’s life today.
“It would have been a horrible accident, which I don’t even want to think about, if we hadn’t had the halo.”
In addition to the stewards giving Verstappen a grid penalty for his next outing, two penalty points were also added to Red Bull’s driver’s license.
After reviewing the footage, the stewards determined that Verstappen was never ahead of Hamilton’s front wheel and was therefore not entitled to the race line. It was also considered that the British had taken a “line of avoidance” to limit the possibilities of contact with his rival.
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Hamilton was originally against the introduction of the “halo”, which was added to automobiles in recent years to protect drivers’ heads. Some didn’t like the new look, but in this case it was crucial.
“I am very grateful to be still here. I feel incredibly blessed that someone has been taking care of me today, ”Hamilton said afterward.
“I don’t think I’ve ever hit my head with a car before, and it’s a huge shock to me.
“We are taking risks and it is only when you experience something like that that you realize how you see life and how fragile we are.”
Verstappen had downplayed his role in the collision before seeing the stewards.
“These things happen. We are all professional enough to move on and keep competing with each other,” he said.
“But I didn’t expect him to keep squeezing, squeezing, squeezing. He didn’t even need to.
“If he had left me the width of a car, we would have come out of Turn 2 and he probably would have stayed in front anyway.
“He kept pushing me more and more and at one point there was nowhere to go and he pushed me over the curb of the sausage and that’s why we touched, because the rear tire hit his tire.”
This article first appeared on Sun and was reproduced with permission