Everyone agrees that Lewis Hamilton was saved by the halo device when Max Verstappen’s car drove over him, with its tyre bumping the Briton’s helmet.
During Mercedes’ Italian Grand Prix debrief video, the team’s Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin provided an update on Lewis’ condition.
“I am pleased to say he is doing well,” Shovlin said.
“He has a sore neck – you will have seen in the photographs just how far he got pushed forward during the incident – but he has got a bit of time to recover.
“He has got Angela [Cullen] with him, his physio, she will be looking after him as she does, so we are hoping we will see him in Russia fighting fit.”
Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles confirms Lewis’ life was saved by safety devices that are used in modern Formula 1.
“I’ll just add that really this is a testament to all the safety that has been put in place in Formula 1 across the last few years,” Vowles said.
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“The halo truly saved his life in this instance, the helmet took the impact and took it well without damaging him and again the HANS device acted as it should do.
“Those three devices all working together to ensure Lewis is, as Shov said, a little bit bruised and hurting but okay.”
Hamilton’s car was damaged in the incident, so Shovlin provided an update.
“Well, we had a bit of time with the car before leaving the circuit to make a quick assessment,” Shov said.
“The rear wing is quite badly damaged – you will have seen how far that got bent over during the crash.
“There is a bit of superficial damage around the wings and floor, but most of the impact was taken by the roll hoop area and the halo itself. That came off quite badly.
“The quick look at the PU is that looks okay, and the gearbox, we will have a bit more of a look into that.
“But as I said most of it was limited to the halo and the roll hoop area,” concluded the Briton.