Lewis Hamilton is recovering from a life-threatening crash in Hungary, which he credits with saving his life. Max Verstappen was involved in a similar accident at the same time, but luckily for him, Lewis didn’t check on him.
Lewis Hamilton had a very lucky escape after his car was struck by another car during the Hungarian Grand Prix. The f1 halo visibility is what saved him from serious injury, but it’s surprising that Max Verstappen didn’t check on him.
MONZA (Italy) – Lewis Hamilton claims his Mercedes’ halo cockpit protective system saved his life when championship challenger Max Verstappen’s vehicle collided with him at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.
When the two drivers collided in the narrow first chicane at Monza, Verstappen’s vehicle launched over the inside kerb and landed on top of Hamilton’s.
The halo — a titanium hoop intended to protect the driver’s head — diverted Verstappen’s right rear tyre away from Hamilton’s helmet and towards the front of his vehicle.
Hamilton claimed his neck was “in a little bit of discomfort” three hours after the collision and that it was growing worse “as the adrenaline wears off.”
After colliding with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen was handed a three-place grid penalty for the following race. Getty Images/Peter Van Egmond
“To be honest, I’m feeling very lucky today,” he said. “I’m grateful for the halo.” That was ultimately what saved my life. And it saved my neck as well. I believe it was a huge hit at the time, but all I could think about was getting back to work.
“I believe the inside of the most cambered portion of the tyre impacted on my head when the rear tire landed on the halo. I believe I will be traveling in the next days, but I will most likely need to visit a specialist to ensure that I am fit for the next event, which is approaching closer and closer. But I’ll make it.”
He went on to say that the accident served as a reminder of the dangers of motorsport.
“Well, it’s quite a shock,” he admitted. “I’ve been racing for a long time, and we’re always taking chances out there, so I suppose it’s only when something like that happens that you get that genuine shock and realize how frail we are.”
Verstappen walked away from the debris following the collision, while Hamilton attempted to back his vehicle out from beneath Verstappen’s Red Bull.
Hamilton expressed astonishment that his opponent did not come to see whether he was okay.
As Lewis Hamilton gets out of his vehicle, Max Verstappen walks away from the accident site. AFP/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/Getty Images
“It all occurred so quickly, and all I could think about in the vehicle at the moment was getting moving and how many places I’d lose,” he added. “I was still in racing mode, so it was just a matter of figuring out how to get going again.” I was in a little bit of discomfort, but I said to myself, “Come on, let’s go.” Unfortunately, the vehicle refused to move.
“I did see Max get out and just walk by, which surprised me because, ultimately, when we have accidents, the first thing we want to make sure is that the person we hit with or crash with is okay. The good news is that I was able to escape. It was a hard trip back, but we made it, and we’ll fight again tomorrow.”
“Lewis was OK, he was still attempting to reverse,” Verstappen replied when asked why he didn’t check on Hamilton.
“I had already exited the vehicle. You don’t do it when you’re not feeling well.”
Verstappen was judged “predominantly to fault” for the collision by the race officials, who docked the Red Bull driver a three-place grid penalty for the following race.
Lewis Hamilton says halo saved his life, surprised Max Verstappen didn’t check on him. Reference: dilara sanlik.
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