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Sir Jackie Stewart slams Max Verstappen for not checking on Lewis Hamilton after he cheated death in Italian GP crash


FORMULA ONE legend Sir Jackie Stewart has hit out at Max Verstappen following his horror collision with Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver, 23, has been handed a three-place penalty for the Russian Grand Prix after crashing into the Mercedes star at Monza.

Max Verstappen crashed into Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at MonzaCredit: AFP
As Verstappen left the scene of the crash, he didn't check on Hamilton
As Verstappen left the scene of the crash, he did not verify on HamiltonCredit: Alamy
Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has hit out at Verstappen following the collision
Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has hit out at Verstappen following the collisionCredit: Getty

Both males ended in the gravel and out of the race on the Italian Grand Prix after the Dutchman tried a dangerous overtake into the Turn 1 chicane on lap 26.

But he failed to maneuver previous Hamilton, 36, with Verstappen’s automobile bouncing over the British icon.

Hamilton declared after the race he felt fortunate to be alive after avoiding severe harm due to his halo security gadget.

The halo, which was launched again in 2018, is an added security function on all F1 automobiles, appearing as titanium ring of safety across the driver’s cockpit.

It is designed to stop drivers from getting accidents from flying particles or struggling head trauma.

Hamilton, who complained of neck ache after the incident, wasn’t checked on by Verstappen following the crash, with three-time F1 world champion Stewart left disillusioned in him.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 82-year-old stated: “Verstappen is taking longer than anticipated to mature.

“Not even to go to see Hamilton after a serious accident when you have just driven over the top of the guy is something I don’t really understand.

“Especially when he remains to be in his automobile and remained there for a very long time earlier than getting out. Max has quite a bit to be taught. But who will he hearken to?

“He’s very, very good. He’s probably the fastest driver on the grid now, but to be a proper champion you cannot be entangling yourself in crashes all the time.”

Before including: “The stewards have extra info, but when they had been so sure Verstappen was totally accountable then why does he solely get a three-place penalty? 

“If it weren’t for the halo, Lewis could have died, and the supposed culprit only gets a slap on the wrist.”

Praising the halo instantly after the Italian GP, Hamilton remarked: “Honestly, I really feel very, very lucky. Thank God for the halo. That finally saved me. And saved my neck.

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“I do not assume I’ve ever been hit on the pinnacle by a automobile earlier than and it’s fairly a shock for me.

“If you see the image, my head is quite far forward. I have been racing for a long long time and I am so so grateful I am still here.

“I feel incredibly blessed that someone was watching over me today.”

Hamilton said he felt lucky to be alive after the terrifying smash
Hamilton stated he felt fortunate to be alive after the terrifying smashCredit: AFP
Verstappen's car left the ground after hitting a sausage curb
Verstappen’s automobile left the bottom after hitting a sausage curbCredit: Splash

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