Lewis Hamilton was unable to finish the Italian Grand Prix after his Mercedes racing car was involved in a spectacular collision.
The British driver and Max Verstappen were involved in a major crash at the grand Prix in Monza but both drivers walked away from the incident.
Hamilton avoided serious injury thanks to his car’s Halo safety device. The 36 year old current world champion was fighting Verstappen for track position when the Red Bull collided with the Brit’s Mercedes.
The seven-time world champion was coming out of the pits and into the first chicane with Verstappen just inches behind.
The 23 year old Dutch driver didn’t back down and hit the kerb, flying into Hamilton and ending both of their chances of winning the race.
Verstappen, despite trying to blame Hamilton, was handed a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Russia after a stewards’ investigation.
Hamilton avoided serious injury largely thanks to his Halo – a protective titanium ring around his helmet. The Halo was introduced in 2018 to prevent drivers from being hit by flying debris or suffering severe head trauma.
After Verstappen insisted he was not to blame for the collision, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff described the crash as a ‘tactical foul’.
Daniel Ricciardo went on to win the Grand Prix, with his McLaren team-mate Lando Norris in second place and Valtteri Bottas managing to work his way up to third.
It was Ricciardo’s first victory since his triumph at Monaco three years ago.