Lewis Hamilton escapes tragedy by inches as title rival Max Verstappen’s car lands on his HEAD during terrifying crash as they raced wheel-to-wheel during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
- Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen sensationally took each other out of the Italian Grand Prix
- Pair jostled for position on the first corner at Monza after Hamilton had emerged from the pit lane
- Red Bull driver Verstappen was forced wide as he went wheel-to-wheel with the Mercedes of Hamilton
- Verstappen’s wheels mounted a ramp on the curve which launched his car over Hamilton’s
- The back wheels came within inches of Hamilton’s head with protective Halo device sparing him injury
- Dutch driver Verstappen railed against British rival on team radio before storming off back to the pit lane
- Hamilton emerged unscathed a couple of minutes later as Formula One title race took dramatic twist
British Formula One star Lewis Hamilton was inches from tragedy at the Italian Grand Prix after title rival Max Verstappen’s car flew over his head after they took each other out of the race.
Verstappen’s Red Bull flew off a ramped curve at Monza and onto the top of Hamilton’s Mercedes, with only the protective Halo device preventing the reigning world champion from serious injury.
The Red Bull went nose-first into the gravel with both drivers emerging from the carnage unscathed in the latest dramatic twist in an increasingly heated world championship duel.
Verstappen didn’t hang around to check on the condition of Hamilton, instead storming off to the pit lane, with the British driver emerging from the cockpit of his car a few minutes later.
Lewis Hamilton was saved from serious injury by the protective Halo device on his Mercedes after the Red Bull of Max Verstappen flew off a banked curve and up over his car during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
The rear end of Verstappen’s Red Bull came within inches of Hamilton’s head after their dramatic collision at Monza
The two drivers took each other out as they tussled for position in the latest dramatic twist in their championship tussle
Verstappen’s Red Bull flies over Hamilton’s Mercedes after they collided jostling for position on the first corner of the 26th lap
The Red Bull was left nose-first in the gravel trap with the Mercedes wedged underneath after the sensational crash
The dramatic moment happened on lap 26 of 53 at the Italian circuit. As Hamilton left the pit lane, Verstappen drew up alongside him and they duelled for position at the Variante Del Rettifilo chicane.
Dutch driver Verstappen ran wide and the raise kerb launched his Red Bull into the air, with the rear of the machine landing on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes, which had been forced off the track.
Verstappen’s car also ploughed into the gravel trap at the side of the track, with the back of his Red Bull left resting on Hamilton’s car.
The two championship rivals jostled for position on the chicane after Hamilton had just emerged from the pit lane
Wheel-to-wheel, the two drivers refused to give an inch with Verstappen forced wide to mount a ‘sausage ramp’ on the curve
Verstappen criticised Hamilton for not giving him enough room on the team radio before leaving his car and storming off
Hamilton emerged unscathed from his Mercedes a few minutes later with the Red Bull still resting on the front section
Hamilton took a moment to inspect the respective damage suffered by the two cars as he and Verstappen crashed out
In a clear sign the incident – the second of the season after they collided during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, sending Verstappen into the tyre wall – will do little to cool tensions between the pair, Verstappen stormed off without checking on Hamilton’s wellbeing.
‘That’s what happens when you don’t leave any room,’ Verstappen said via radio to his Red Bull team as he exited his car and walked back to the pit lane.
Hamilton lifted himself out the cockpit of his Mercedes a few minutes later to make the same walk.
The Briton was almost certainly saved from serious injury by the Halo safety device, a titanium bar placed above the driver’s head that has been mandatory in Formula One since 2018.
Replays showed Verstappen’s car bouncing off the Halo with Hamilton unable to do little else than duck out the way as the Red Bull’s wheels and rear chassis flew before his eyes.
The two drivers must await an investigation by race stewards after the race to determine whether they will be penalised.
The Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, of McLaren, went on to win the race, which ran behind a safety car for a few laps after the crash.
The two drivers were embroiled in a blame game after their crash at Silverstone back in July. Verstappen was taken to hospital for checks after a collision of tyres on the first corner saw his Red Bull sent spinning across the gravel and into the tyre wall.
More to follow.