Watch dramatic newly-released dash-cam footage of Lewis Hamilton’s head being run over by F1 rival Max Verstappen
NEWLY-RELEASED dash-cam footage reveals simply how severe Lewis Hamilton’s smash with Max Verstappen at Sunday’s Italian GP might have been.
The F1 icons collided because the Dutchman tried an overtake into the Turn 1 chicane and it resulted in him nearly working over the Brit’s head.
Verstappen acquired a 3 place grid penalty because of this.
And solely the halo security system on Hamilton’s automotive stopped the British legend from being significantly injured.
He walked away with only a headache and a sore neck however it might have been a lot worse.
And the newly launched footage from the entrance of Hamilton’s automotive reveals simply how life-threatening the smash might have been.
The video was posted on F1’s Twitter account, was watched greater than 200,000 occasions and acquired greater than 13,000 likes and 1,800 retweets.
Verstappen tried to move however failed to finish the transfer and bounced OVER Hamilton’s automotive because the Mercedes driver defended his place.
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With each males out of the race, Formula One stewards waited till after the chequered flag to evaluate the incident.
Both had been referred to as to reply questions on the crash and it was determined that Verstappen, 23, needs to be handed a three-place penalty for the subsequent race’s beginning grid.
Two penalty factors have additionally been added to the Red Bull star’s licence, which was beforehand clear.
After reviewing the footage, stewards decided that Verstappen was by no means even forward of Hamilton’s entrance wheel and subsequently didn’t have the fitting to the racing line.
The Brit was additionally thought of to have taken an ‘avoiding line’ to restrict the possibilities of contact along with his rival.
‘VERSTAPPEN TO BLAME’
That left them with the view that Hamilton had put his automotive in a ‘cheap’ place’ and Verstappen was ‘predominantly guilty’.
The incident additionally noticed the 36-year-old escape probably severe damage because the Red Bull bounced off the halo gadget above his head.
It left Hamilton feeling ‘sore’ however each males walked away from the scene of the crash.
Hamilton was initially in opposition to the Halo’s introduction.
He mentioned 4 years in the past: “It positively does not look good; we all know that.
“I believe we’re transferring in the direction of a closed cockpit. The issues which have occurred with drivers being hit on the head, it’s type of loopy that immediately we’re nonetheless susceptible.
“Our head is the most precious part of our body; it is exposed. I definitely don’t argue against it.”
‘GRATEFUL TO BE HERE’
But 4 years on, famous person Hamilton mentioned after Sunday’s crash: “I am so grateful I am still here. I feel incredibly blessed that someone was watching over me today.
“I do not assume I’ve ever been hit on the head by a automotive earlier than – and it’s fairly a giant shock for me.
“We are taking risks and it’s only when you experience something like that that you get the real shock of how you look at life and how fragile we all are.”
Verstappen had performed down his position within the collision earlier than seeing the stewards.
He declared: “These things happen. We are all professional enough to get on with it and keep on racing each other.
“But I didn’t count on him to maintain on squeezing, squeezing, squeezing. He didn’t even have to.
“If he would have left me a automotive width we might have raced out of Turn 2 and he would have most likely would have stayed in entrance anyway.
“He kept on pushing me wider and wider and at one point there was nowhere to go and he pushed me onto the sausage kerb and that is why we touched, because the rear tyre bumped up to his tyre.”
Following the final of a triple-header of races in Italy, F1 now heads to Sochi for the Russian GP on September 26.
Verstappen elevated his lead within the Drivers’ Championship to 5 factors after ending second in Saturday’s dash qualifying.
Hamilton mentioned: “I made sure I left a car’s width on the outside for him. I went into Turn 1 and I was ahead and was ahead going into Turn 2, then all of a sudden he was on top of me.”
Sir Jackie Stewart has since slammed Verstappen for not checking on Hamilton because the Dutchman walked away from the crash.
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