Lewis Hamilton: “I’m lucky I didn’t suffer any real damage”

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Lewis Hamilton says he underwent “intensive physiotherapy” after his crash with Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix, but adds “incidents are sometimes part of this sport”.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a crash at the Italian Grand Prix that ended with Max’s car running over Lewis’ Mercedes and bumping his helmet.

Immediately after the race Lewis said his neck was feeling sore and now he reveals he underwent “intensive physiotherapy” performed by his assistant Angela Cullen.

“I had intensive physiotherapy after the race, also during my flight,” the Briton told Ziggo Sport.

“On Monday I had a check-up. I’m lucky I didn’t suffer any real damage. I’m grateful to be able to carry on in the battle and with all the other things I do.

“I just woke up the next morning feeling very grateful. Life is very precious, and this shows that anything can just happen.”

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In a talk with De Telegraaf Lewis said he accepts that the danger is a part of the sport.

“I’ve always had a competitor who wanted to beat me. I’ve been driving up front for a long time, even before my Formula One days.

“Max never gives up, but I don’t either. I have raced against many drivers with the same attitude. Some are smarter than others.

“A season is a marathon, not a sprint. But it’s nice for the public to see new characters emerging. Incidents are sometimes part of this sport, I think we both easily put the knob back on.

“As long as we stay healthy,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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