Formula 1: Monday Debrief regarding Verstappen-Hamilton crash at Italian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were both involved in a crash at Monza during the feature race where the advancement in safety of Formula 1 cars potentially saved Hamilton from severe injuries.

The Italian Grand Prix should the race fans a new winner once again at the Temple of Speed in Monza on Sunday. Daniel Ricciardo claimed his first race win since his iconic Monaco Grand Prix win in 2018 with Reb Bull. Ricciardo was alongside Max Verstappen on the front row at the start of the race in P2 with his McLaren teammate Lando Norris behind in the second row along with Lewis Hamilton at P3. The Australian driver had a great start compared to Verstappen and led the race since lap 1. 

Championship leader Max Verstappen came into the pit lane for a quick tyre change to the hard compounds where it drastically went wrong due to an issue in tightening the front-right wheel nut causing an eleven-second delay compared to their usual two-second average pit stop timing. The delay made the Mercedes pit wall bring in Lewis Hamilton to capitalise on the error and get a new set of tyres in order to change Verstappen. 

Hamilton was seen coming out of the pit lane exit while Verstappen was also seen on the same straight. Both drives were well aware of each other’s position and pushed hard to come out ahead at the first chicane. The two championship rivals collide at turn 2 and were sent onto the gravel where Verstappen’s Red Bull was perched upon the Mercedes of Hamilton. This was Hamiltons first DNF in 63 long races. 

The incident was noted by Race Control as they decided to investigate the accident after the Italian Grand Prix which they concluded after healing the side of the story from both the drivers to ultimately penalise car number 33 of Max Verstappen with a 3 place grid drop at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix. 

Overall, the motorsport fan, as well as Lewis Hamilton, was thankful for the safety of the Formula 1 cars with the recent addition of the halo that saved Hamilton from serious head and neck injuries. “Honestly, I feel very fortunate today,” said Hamilton. “Thank God for the halo, that ultimately, I think, saved me, and saved my neck… I don’t think I’ve ever been hit on the head by a car before and it’s quite a shock for me,” said the seven-time world champion as reported by Formula 1.

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