On lap 1 of the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was attempting to overtake Fernando Alonso around the outside at Les Combes, which led to a collision between the two cars.
While Alonso was able to continue, Hamilton’s car was launched into the air and slammed down hard, which led to damage, and he was soon told by his team to retire.
However, the Briton also said the crash could have had even worse consequences.
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“Well, yeah, I almost broke my back coming down so it’s a big, big hit,” Lewis said.
“I remember just looking at the ground, so it was quite high. It was definitely high up, I’m grateful to be still alive and in shape.
“I could hear something was broken in the gearbox, so yeah, I mean, coming down I would have broken so much in the back end, so I was told to stop.
“But obviously in that moment you’re hopeful you can keep going, but yeah, not meant to be,” Hamilton concluded.