Championship leader Max Verstappen and title rival Lewis Hamilton have crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix on lap 26 of the 53-lap race.
Championship leader Max Verstappen and title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday after engaging on lap 26 of the 53-lap race.
Hamilton had taken the lead and returned to the track right in front of Verstappen. The Red Bull driver tried to get inside at a turn as the seven-time champion defended his position.
As the two approached, Verstappen’s car ran to the top of the Mercedes as both slid into the gravel. The protective halo ring in front of the F1 car cockpit may have saved Hamilton from serious injury.
“That’s what you get when you don’t leave the place,” said a furious Verstappen on team radio.
Both drivers were able to walk away from their cars, although it took Hamilton a long time to get out of his own, only to be exited after Verstappen had left for a long time.
The stewards will investigate the incident after the race.
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