Formula 1 Championship 2021: Lewis Hamilton credits Halo device for saving him during Italian GP crash
Lewis Hamilton was involved in a crash against Max Verstappen during the Italian Grand Pix of F1 Championship 2021. However, both are safe, and Hamilton has the Halo device to thank for it.
The Italian Grand Prix of the Formula One Championship 2021 witnessed a crash between two title contenders, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, during the primary race on Sunday, at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. On Lap 26, as Hamilton came out of the pits, Verstappen tried to overtake him from the outside of Turn 1. He then tried to take the inside on Turn 2, resulting in the crash.
However, both drivers are safe following the incident, while Hamilton has credited the Halo device for keeping him safe, as Verstappen's car landed on top of his. He was also happy that the stewards handed a three-place grid penalty to Verstappen for the upcoming Russian GP.
The incident led to Hamilton getting hit on his helmet by Verstappen's right rear tyre. While he has pain in his neck due to the crash, Hamilton has stated that he would seek specialist help from the medical team.
Speaking to F1, Hamilton said that he feels lucky and thanked the Halo for saving his neck, recalling that he was never before hit by a car on his head in his racing career. He reckoned that his personal physiotherapist would be travelling with him for the next few days, while he might also check to see a specialist to ensure that he could participate in Russia.
Hamilton has blamed Verstappen for the crash, while the stewards, too, have the latter to blame for it. However, Verstappen maintains that Hamilton ran him out of the road. Meanwhile, the race was won by Daniel Ricciardo, followed by Lando Norris on the second and Valtteri Bottas on the third.
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