MONZA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton is satisfied the halo cockpit safety gadget on his Mercedes saved his life after the automotive of title rival Max Verstappen ended up on high of him on the Italian Grand Prix.
The 2 drivers collided whereas racing for place into Monza’s tight first chicane, with Verstappen’s automotive launching over the within kerb and touchdown on high of Hamilton’s.
Verstappen’s proper rear tyre hit the highest of Hamilton’s helmet, however was deflected away by the halo — a titanium hoop designed to guard the driving force’s head — and on to the entrance of his automotive.
Chatting with the media three hours after the accident, Hamilton mentioned his neck was “in a bit of little bit of ache” and that it was getting worse “because the adrenaline wears off”.
“Actually, I really feel very, very lucky as we speak,” he added. “Thank God for the halo. That in the end saved me. And saved my neck.
“I believe within the precise second it was an enormous hit, however all I might assume was to get going once more.
“The rear wheel landed on the halo and I believe the within of essentially the most cambered a part of the tyre landed on my head.
“I believe I might be travelling these subsequent days, however I’ll most likely must see a specialist to ensure I am good for the following race as a result of it’s getting tighter and tighter. However I am going to reside.”
He added that the collision had been a reminder of the risks of motorsport.
“Effectively, it is a huge shock. I have been racing a very long time and we’re taking dangers on the market on a regular basis, so I suppose it is solely whenever you expertise one thing like that that you just get that actual shock and also you have a look at life and realise how fragile we’re.”
Within the aftermath of the accident, Verstappen walked away from the wreckage as Hamilton tried to reverse his automotive out from beneath the Crimson Bull.
Hamilton mentioned he was shocked his rival didn’t come to verify he was OK.
“All of it occurred extremely fast and being within the automotive on the time, the one factor I might consider was getting going and what number of positions I might lose,” he mentioned. “I used to be nonetheless simply in race mode, so it was similar to ‘how can I get going once more’.
“I used to be sitting there in a bit of little bit of ache, however was pondering come on let’s go. However sadly the automotive would not transfer.
“I did see Max get out and simply stroll by and I felt that was a bit of bit shocking, as a result of in the end after we do have incidents, the very first thing we wish to make sure that is that the man that we collide with or crash into is OK.
“However the good factor is that I used to be capable of get out. It was a protracted stroll again and we reside to combat one other day.”
When Verstappen was requested why he did not verify on Hamilton, he mentioned: “Lewis was wonderful, he was nonetheless making an attempt to reverse.
“I used to be already out of the automotive, whenever you’re not wonderful, you are not doing that.”
The race stewards discovered Verstappen “predominantly guilty” for the accident and gave the Crimson Bull driver a three-place grid penalty on the subsequent occasion.