Lewis Hamilton says halo saved his life, surprised Max Verstappen didn't check on him

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ESPN.co.uk 12 September, 2021 - 01:23pm

Who was at fault Lewis or Max?

Max Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the next Formula 1 race after he was found "predominantly to blame" for the crash with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian GP. Sky SportsItalian GP: Max Verstappen handed three-place Russia grid penalty after Lewis Hamilton crash

Hamilton spotted wearing support tape on neck after crash with Verstappen

GPblog 12 September, 2021 - 12:22pm

In interviews after the race, Hamilton reported that he was fine and well, but not without some aches and pains. Hamilton tried to reverse the car after things had come to a halt, but he was stuck in the gravel.

Mercedes team boss believes the halo saved Hamilton's life. "Halo definitely saved Lewis’s life today. It would have been a horrible accident, that I don’t even want to think about if we wouldn’t have had the halo," Wolff is quoted by Autosport. 

In the paddock, Hamilton has been spotted wearing support tape on his neck.

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Massa: "Maybe Hamilton would've been better to release the brake"

GPblog.com 12 September, 2021 - 10:47am

Toto Wolff suggested that Verstappen made a tactical foul because he knew he wouldn't have been able to catch the Brit if he had let him overtake. Meanwhile, Christian Horner believes it was a racing incident and expects the stewards to find it difficult to pin the blame on one driver. 

Meanwhile, one of Hamilton's title rivals from the past Felipe Massa weighs in on the debate with the Sky Sports analyst team including Johnny Herbert and Paul Di Resta. 

"They are fighting for the Championship, and it shows they will not give any spaces. No centimetres. I would stay 50/50. In my view, the sausage kerb, which is part of the track, threw him up. Maybe Lewis would've been better to release the brake," Massa said. 

Herbert asks: "Why couldn't have Max bailed out and thought this is a big risk maybe I should pull out?" and Massa says that's not in Verstappen's style of driving. But Herbert continues to disagree with Massa. 

Di Resta supports Massa: "It's 50/50... it's racing. This is what sport is about. I honestly don't think this is the last time we are going to see wheels touching. This sets up the championship where none of them are going to give each other space."

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