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«I must consider myself very lucky. Thank goodness there is the halo. He saved me, “said Hamilton after the Italian Grand Prix.
Defending champion Hamilton and Red Bull challenger Verstappen collided at the beginning of the 26th round. On contact, Verstappen’s car was catapulted over Hamilton’s Mercedes. The right rear tire hit the Briton on the head, the Halo cockpit protection made of titanium struts weakened the impact.
“I have a bit of pain in my neck that is getting worse now that the adrenaline is waning,” said Hamilton in Monza on Sunday. “It was a tough hit.” He later wrote on Instagram: “Today someone must have looked down on me and watched over me. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who is working to make our cars and races safer. “
Halo “saved Lewis’ life”
Mercedes sports director Toto Wolff also praised the system. “The Halo definitely saved Lewis’ life. It would have been a horror accident. I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if we hadn’t had it, ”he said.
The Halo system was introduced as a new safety measure for the 2018 season. It is designed to protect the driver’s head in the event of an accident.
SRF Zwei, sportlive, September 12th, 2021, 2:50 p.m.; sid / twu
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