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Lewis Hamilton reveals injuries after crash with Max Verstappen as Briton says rival “knew what was going to happen”


Lewis Hamilton has revealed he had a sore neck and felt stiff after Max Verstappen’s car landed on him during the Italian Grand Prix.

The title rivals crashed together at Monza when Red Bull ace Verstappen tried to overtake his rival in the Mercedes.

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Hamilton fortunately escaped the accident unscathed

In a chicane, the car of the Belgian-born driver hit tires with those of the Briton, causing it to bounce back.

The rear of Verstappen’s machine landed on Hamilton, who was protected from serious injury by the halo system installed in the car.

And after the race, he revealed that he was suffering from minor issues after the accident.

Hamilton told Sky Sports: “I’m a bit stiff and a bit sore in my neck. She (Verstappen’s car) landed on my head – but it’ll be okay.

Verstappen maintains five point lead in championship standings

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Verstappen maintains five point lead in championship standings

Hamilton was fortunate enough to get through the clash without serious injury

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Hamilton was fortunate enough to get through the clash without serious injury

“From what I remember, I was running as hard as I could. I finally passed Lando and I was in the lead so they stung me. The refueling was slow… I went out and saw Daniel pass, Max was coming.

“I made sure to leave it the width of a car on the outside. I got into the first turn and I was ahead and I was ahead in the second turn, then all of a sudden he was on top of me.

Hamilton added: “It’s the exact same scenario that happened in turn four (first lap) where I rounded the outside – I was in exactly the same position, but I gave in. This is the race.

“He didn’t want to give in today. He knew when he walked into (tower) two what was going to happen. He knew he was going to the sidewalk but he did it anyway. I don’t really know what to say.

Asked if he would discuss the incident with his title rival, Hamilton added: “I’m sure we’ll talk when we get to the commissioners.”

Regarding the pit stops, the Briton added: “I think we lost around two seconds today in the pit stops and it’s frustrating. When it counts, we have to deliver, but I’m sure we’ll learn from it. “

Meanwhile, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said Hamilton was the victim of a “tactical foul”.

He told Sky Sports: “The stewards are going to decide who is primarily to blame. In football, you call this a “tactical foul”. (Verstappen) probably knew that if Lewis stayed in the lead it might be the race victory.

“If you compare that to what Lewis said about turn four on the first lap, there was no more space – pushed off the track, actually.

“Let the stewards be the judge. I don’t want to be a gambler like some of my colleagues.

Verstappen was also unharmed after the incident

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Verstappen was also unharmed after the incident

Verstappen confirmed he was unharmed after the incident and said: “We realized it was going to be close to the first corner, so he crossed past the white line and I rounded the outside.

“He realized I was going, so he kept hugging me. I wanted to work with him, because I want to run.

“These things happen. Of course, it wasn’t pleasant back then, but I think we’re all professional enough to keep running.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner, meanwhile, did not want to blame either driver.

He told Sky Sports: “Max had the momentum and Lewis gave him enough space in the first round, but our opinion would be that he didn’t give him enough in the second round.

“The most important thing today is that the halo did its job because it’s an annoying accident, thank goodness no one was hurt.

“I think Max had earned the right to have more room to work with on the second lap, but I think you can consider it a race incident.

“To share the blame on one side or the other, I think for this particular incident it’s very difficult to do.

“We had a human error during the pit stop – unfortunately I think it was in the front right, the wheel was done but unfortunately the car was not let go. I don’t think the slow stop affected his judgment at all.

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