Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton said Max Verstappen not checking on him was “surprising”.

Hamilton and Verstappen suffered a nasty crash at the Italian GP, with Verstappen’s car sailing over the air and landing on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes after not showing respect and backing off.

The Rettifilio Chicane played host to one of the most monumental crashes of the season, and it could have major implications for the heated title race between the two drivers.

Hamilton revealed after the race that he noticed the Dutchman’s foul mood, and said Verstappen not checking on him was “surprising”.

“I definitely didn’t think that Max would lose control over the kerb and run into me,” he said, as quoted by RaceFans.

Hamilton, Verstappen face post-race investigation after crash
The Italian GP race crash in full display. Source: motorsport.com

“But looking back at the footage, as I said, it obviously happened incredibly quick. In the car all I can think of is getting going and how many positions I’m losing, and I’m still just in race mode. So it’s just like, how can I get going again? And I’m sitting there in a little bit of pain, but just like, come on, let’s go. But unfortunately, the car wouldn’t move.”

“I did see Max get out and just walk by. I felt that a little bit surprising because ultimately, I think when we do have incidents the first thing we want to make sure is the guy that we crashed into, we collide with, is okay.

“But the good thing is I was able to get out, and it was a long walk back. But we live to fight another day.”

Blessed

Hamilton revealed that the right-rear wheel of the Red Bull hit his helmet, and it could have damaged his neck were it not for the car’s halo. He said that he was in pain, and was suffering it on his neck.

“I’m definitely in a little bit of pain in my neck,” Hamilton said. “It’s feeling like it’s getting a little bit worse as the adrenaline rushes is off. But I’ll work with Ange (Angela Cullen) to fix it.

“Honestly, I feel very, very fortunate today. Thank god for the Halo, that ultimately saved me and saved my neck, I think.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I also was astonished to see Max walking by Louis without stopping and making sure that Louis is ok.
    Then I feel that it was a racing accident and the penalty should have been split. Louis being a 7 world championship titleholder and being a responsible adult in this early thirties, should have backed off.
    Max, being in his early twenties and kind of a “hothead”, he needs to learn how to be “cool” in difficult situations.

    • Why should Lewis back off? He had the racing line. Last crash Christian Horner was implying that it was a tactical accident as Lewis was ahead on points in the championship, strange that’s not the same now!

  2. Regardless of who was at fault, Max was out of of car and didn’t even bother to see if Lewis was okay. Just goes goes to show what kind of man, person, sportsman he really is. WANKER!

    • And what did Lewis do when he pushed Max of the track, causing a 51G collision with the board? He celebrated his victory like mad, while Max was still in the hospital and he didn’t knew what his condition was.
      what goes around comes around.

      • Before he celebrated he immediately asked if Max was OK while he was still racing! Lewis always asks if other drivers are OK, even when he’s not involved in the incident.

  3. Lewis was in front so had the line Max was angry and wanted to get past Lewis at any cost . He should think himself lucky he has a 3 place penalty he should have got a 1 race ban

  4. HAM loves to push other cars off the track. It is his trademark! Never let him get inside of you, or you’ll be gone.
    Did HAM, stop to check on Max, when he ran him off the track – at high speed?

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