FIA to Investigate Verstappen & Hamilton Crash
September 15, 2021
On Sunday during the Italian Grand Prix there was a life threatening accident that occurred between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen’s Red Bull car hit the curb and unexpectedly mounted Hamilton’s Mercedes. Verstappen’s rear wheel managed get inside the car and hit Lewis Hamilton helmet through the protective safety halo. Hamilton commented later on the event and said that he feels the halo saved his life. In the same breath he said that he felt Verstappen was in the wrong and should have pulled out of that move.
Even though the two drivers weren’t going incredibly fast, Michael Masi has still ordered that the FIA’s safety experts look into the incident and investigate it further. Masi commented that the crash was unusual despite the low speed of the impact.
Toto Wolff of Mercedes Has This to Say
Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes has made a desperate plea to the two drivers, Hamilton and Verstappen, to put an end to their aggressive ongoing feud. Wolff spoke to Sky F1 and said the two drivers are in a very tight championship conflict. He went on to comment that both of the drivers being incredibly talented and very close to each other in terms of rank. Wolff believes that when 2 drivers are in a situation like Max and Lewis that they end up taking more dangerous risks because of the drive to win and beat the other. Lastly he said that after the crash was examined there was clearly one driver to blame while the other was not at fault.
Christian Horner of Red Bull Comments
Christian Horner, the boss of Red Bull released a statement too. He felt that Max had the advantage and the momentum. Horner said there was enough space on the outside and that Hamilton closed Max in when coming into turn 2. Horner added that Lewis didn’t leave him with enough space to get around him and that corner6 safely.
Horner feels that you can argue for both sides of this incident but in his heart of hearts he thinks that Verstappen deserved more space on the turn. He added that he didn’t feel it was right to willingly assign the blame to one side or the other, he wishes to put it down to a driving fault that could have happened to anyone in any race. Lastly, Christian added that he was not happy to hear Toto Wolff’s comments and feels they were unjust and blame unfairly placed on Max.