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Hamilton "proud" of stewards for dishing out Verstappen punishment

Hamilton "proud" of stewards for dishing out Verstappen punishment

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Hamilton "proud" of stewards for dishing out Verstappen punishment

Hamilton "proud" of stewards for dishing out Verstappen punishment
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Lewis Hamilton has declared his pride for the FIA stewards for handing title rival Max Verstappen a punishment for his role in their dramatic Italian Grand Prix collision.

The championship protagonists came to blows for the second time this season as Verstappen attempted to make a move on the Mercedes as it rejoined from the pits.

As the gap narrowed at turn one, Verstappen clipped the inside sausage kerb which propelled his Red Bull onto Hamilton's halo, with the rear wheel connecting with the seven-time champion's helmet.

When put to him he sounded dazed in addition to the neck injury he had previously revealed, Hamilton replied: “It is a big shock.

"I have been racing a long time and we are taking risks out there all the time and I guess it is only when you experience something like that that you get that real shock of how you look at life and how fragile we are."

The three-place grid penalty for Verstappen was announced as Hamilton spoke to the media and reacting instantly, he added: “If that is the result then I think I am ultimately proud of the stewards.

"It definitely sets a precedent and I think it is important for us moving forwards for the safety of the drivers that there are strict rules set in place.”

Hamilton feels "somebody was watching over me"

The halo, which was introduced in 2018, again proved its worth as it saved Hamilton from significant injury as Verstappen's car straddled the roll-hoop of the W12.

Despite the halo taking the brunt of the collision, concerns will be raised over Hamilton's head still taking impact from his rival's car.

“I don’t think I have ever been hit on the head by a car before and it’s quite a shock for me because if you’ve seen the image, my head really is quite far forward," added Hamilton.

“I’ve been racing a long, long time so I’m so grateful that I’m still here and I feel incredibly blessed.

“I feel like somebody was watching over me."

What do you think?
Symanski

If it weren't for the Halo Max would have killed Hamilton in that crash. That is why a 3 place drop isn't nearly enough.

Max needs a race ban, maybe two.

He's been involved in to many incidents where he's pushing others off the track. He did it to Hamilton earlier in the race. Now in almost a repeat of that same incident, with roles swapped, he was further behind Lewis and should have conceded, but instead he tried to drive through Lewis.

The only reason Max hasn't killed someone is because of the Halo.

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If it weren't for the Halo Max would have killed Hamilton in that crash. That is why a 3 place drop isn't nearly enough.

Max needs a race ban, maybe two.

He's been involved in to many incidents where he's pushing others off the track. He did it to Hamilton earlier in the race. Now in almost a repeat of that same incident, with roles swapped, he was further behind Lewis and should have conceded, but instead he tried to drive through Lewis.

The only reason Max hasn't killed someone is because of the Halo.

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I normally avoid getting into the Hamilton/Verstappen debate - but what you say is true.

I've been following Formula 1 since the days of Clark & Hill, and I have never seen anything so brazen as that.

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Watched the race from start to finish. Max had a bad start and was never going to allow Lewis to get in front of him, and the next time around was an angry mad Max at the long pit stop and when he saw Lewis getting in front of him it was Max going after Lewis. A bad and dangerous thing he did. It could have killed him and the disgraceful sportsmanship, he gets out of the car and walked away without any concern about Lewis. He should be banned for 3 races. Stewards need to get tough on him if not someone is going to get killed

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Amen to that!

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Horner Law

Max's fault = racing incident

Racing incident = Lewis's fault

A 3 place grid drop is not enough, Lewis lost more than 3 places in his 10 second penalty, bad decision.

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I agree with all the above not just because I am a Hamilton fan but because I'm an f1 fan. What verstappen did wasn't only dangerous but also disrespectful and with complete disregard for human life. Getting all out of shape and bouncing off the sausage kerb, but once he was atop lewis' car he actually spun his rear wheels.

Paul Di Resta all but blamed lewis for the crash saying he could have left him more room. So here's a question maybe someone could answer, where was he supposed to go? And then of course spiceboy himself claimed it was a racing incident because both drivers didn't want to give an inch. Funnily enough, lewis didn't have an inch to give!!!

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Not an inch to give? You could almost park 2 cars on the right of Hamilton.

Hamilton closed the gap that was present on the left.

Remember Silverstone????

All these Max haters here talked about Max cutting of Lewis, while he was just following the racing line.

It takes 2 to tango....

Lewis knows how he should act, as he did leave room in lap 1. But when he sees Max, he knows he is completely lost, so he does everything trying to prevent this.

Everything, even if this means he will crash into other drivers like he did Sunday (again...)

Rosberg, Vettel, Albon (2x), Max (2x): don't say Hamilton doesn't crash people...

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Agree with all the comments.

Max is blindingly quick, problem is the only thing between his ears is red mist.

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Hamilton pushed car 33 over the kerbs as result the car landed on top of him, that is called suicide!

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