Hamilton on Verstappen crash: “He didn’t want to give way”

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The FIA is set to investigate the crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis gives his perspective on the crash.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s race was cut short after they collided at the first chicane, midway through the race.

Lewis was leaving the pitlane after his pit stop, and came out just ahead of Verstappen, who attempted an overtake. This led to Verstappen hitting Lewis’ car an basically running over it.

Not only that, but Max’s tyre ran right over Lewis’ helmet. After the race Lewis gave an update on his condition and explained what had happened.

“I’m a little bit stiff, and sore on my neck because it landed on my neck but I’ll be okay,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“I was racing as hard as I could, finally got past Lando [Norris]. I was in the lead, or time wise, it told me I was in the lead, so they pitted me.

“Pitstop was obviously slow, lost a couple of seconds, I think a second and a bit, whatever it is.

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“[I] came out, I saw that Daniel [Ricciardo] came past, Max was coming, I made sure I left a car’s width on the outside for him.

“I went into Turn 1, I was ahead, and I was ahead going into Turn 2. Then all of a sudden, he was on top of me.”

The two also went wheel to wheel on Lap 1 of the race in a similar incident at the Roggia chicane, but that time Lewis backed out.

“I was in exactly the same position, but I gave way, and that’s racing. He didn’t want to give way today.

“He knew that when he was going into 2 what was going to happen. He knew he was going over the kerbs. But he still did it.

“We’ll speak to the stewards and see, but I don’t really know what else to say,” concluded the seven-time champion.

The FIA announced that the incident would be investigated after the race, and both drivers have been summoned to see the stewards.

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