Wolff: Halo saved Hamilton from 'horrible accident'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the Halo cockpit security system saved Lewis Hamilton’s life when the Briton collided with rival Max Verstappen in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

The 2 title protagonists had been battling for place because the race approached its midway mark once they got here collectively within the center a part of the primary chicane.

Past who was responsible for the pricey run-in, Wolff’s principal takeaway from the incident was how the Halo had vitally protected Hamilton when Verstappen’s Crimson Bull bounced off the Mercedes and its rear proper wheel got here near hitting the seven-time world champion’s head.

“The Halo undoubtedly saved Lewis’s life in the present day,” mentioned Wolff. “It might have been a horrible accident that I don’t wish to even take into consideration if we wouldn’t have had the Halo.”

Hamilton admitted to affected by a little bit of neck ache after the pileup, however agreed that the Halo had doubtless allowed him to stroll unscathed, or certainly alive, from the contact.

“Thank God for the halo. It saved me,” he mentioned. “I don’t suppose I’ve ever been hit on the top by a automobile earlier than. My head actually is kind of far ahead.

“I’ve been racing an extended, very long time, I’m so so grateful that I’m nonetheless right here.

“Really feel extremely blessed, like anyone was watching over me in the present day.”

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The stewards had been set to research the conflict which was the second high-profile run-in this season between Hamilton and Verstappen after their brawl at Silverstone during which the Dutchman suffered terminal penalties.

Wolff believes Verstappen had dedicated a “tactical foul” by attempting to pressure the difficulty towards his rival, however the Mercedes boss mentioned the 2 drivers must discover a strategy to race one another cleanly sooner or later.

“Each of them want to go away area for one another, race one another onerous however keep away from accidents,” mentioned Wolff.

“Both depart room in each course, [or] there can be accidents, if it isn’t clear – and it is by no means clear minimize really.

“Just like the Silverstone verdict was predominantly [to blame]. However they know within the automobile what they’re doing and the way they’re racing one another.

“We must be watching with curiosity and hopefully not have eight accidents within the subsequent eight remaining races.”

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