Lewis Hamilton reveals injuries after crash with Max Verstappen as Brit claims rival ‘knew what was going to happen’
Lewis Hamilton has revealed he has sore neck and feel stiff after Max Verstappen’s car landed on him during the Italian Grand Prix.
The title rivals crashed out of the race at Monza together when Red Bull ace Verstappen attempted to overtake his rival in the Mercedes.
In a chicane, the Belgium-born driver’s car touched tyres with the Brit’s causing it to bounce up.
The rear of Verstappen’s machine landed on top of Hamilton, who was protected from serious injury by the halo system, fitted into the car.
And after the race, he revealed he was suffering minor issues following the crash.
Hamilton told Sky Sports: “I’m a little bit stiff and a bit sore on my neck. It (Verstappen’s car) landed on my head – but I’ll be OK.
“From what I remember, I was racing as hard as I could. I finally got past Lando and was in the lead so they pitted me. The pit stop was slow… I came out and saw Daniel come past, Max was coming.
“I made sure I left a car’s width on the outside for him. I went into turn one and I was ahead and was ahead going into turn two, then all of a sudden he was on top of me.”
Hamilton added: “It’s exactly the same scenario that happened in turn four (on the first lap) where I went round the outside – I was in exactly the same position, but I gave way. That’s racing.
“He didn’t want to give way today. He knew when he was going into (turn) two what was going to happen. He knew he was going over the kerb but he still did it. I don’t really know what to say.”
Asked whether he would discuss the incident with his title rival, Hamilton added: “I’m sure we’ll talk when we get to the stewards.”
On the pit stops the Briton added: “I think we lost around two seconds today in the pit stop and that’s frustrating. When it counts we need to deliver but I’m sure we’ll learn from it.”
Meanwhile, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff felt Hamilton was victim of a ‘tactical foul’.
He told Sky Sports: “The stewards are going to decide who is predominantly to blame. In football you call it a ‘tactical foul’. (Verstappen) probably knew if Lewis stays ahead, that is the race win, possibly.
“If you compare it to what Lewis said about turn four on lap one, there was no space left – pushed off the track, actually.
“Let the stewards make the judgement. I don’t want to be a punter like some of my colleagues.”
Verstappen confirmed he was unhurt after the incident and said: “We realised it was going to be close into turn one so he cut across after the white line and I went around the outside.
“He realised I was going for it so he kept on squeezing me. I wanted to work with him, because I want to race.
“These things happen. Of course it was not nice at the time but I think we’re all professional enough to keep on racing.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner, meanwhile, wasn’t keen to pin the blame on either driver.
He told Sky Sports: “Max had the momentum and Lewis gave him enough space in turn one but our opinion would be that he didn’t give him enough in turn two.
“Most important thing today is that the halo has done its job because it’s an awkward accident, thank God no one was hurt.
“I think Max had earned the right to be given more space to work with in turn two but I think you could look at this as a racing incident.
“To portion blame to one side or the other, I think for this incident in particular that’s very difficult to do.
“We had a human error in the pit stop – unfortunately I think it was on the front right, the wheel was done but unfortunately the car wasn’t released. I don’t think the slow stop effected his judgement at all.”
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