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Lewis Hamilton escapes tragedy by inches as title rival Max Verstappen’s car lands on his HEAD

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Lewis Hamilton escapes tragedy by inches as title rival Max Verstappen’s car lands on his HEAD in a terrifying crash as they race wheel-to-wheel during Italian Grand Prix at Monza

  • Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen sensationally took each other out of the Italian Grand Prix
  • Pair scrambled for position in the first corner at Monza after Hamilton exited the pit lane
  • Red Bull driver Verstappen was forced wide when he went wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton’s Mercedes
  • Verstappen’s wheels mounted on a ramp on the bend that launched his car over Hamilton’s
  • The rear wheels came within inches of Hamilton’s head with protective Halo device to save him injury
  • Dutch driver Verstappen scolded British rival on team radio before storming back to pit lane
  • Hamilton emerged unscathed a few minutes later as the Formula 1 title race took a dramatic turn

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British Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton was inches from a tragedy at the Italian Grand Prix after title rival Max Verstappen’s car flew over his head after they pulled each other out of the race.

Verstappen’s Red Bull flew off a banked corner at Monza and onto the top of Hamilton’s Mercedes, with only the protective Halo device saving the reigning world champion from serious injury.

The Red Bull nosed into the gravel first and both drivers emerged unscathed from the carnage in the final dramatic turn in an increasingly heated world championship game.

Lewis Hamilton was saved from serious injury by the protective Halo device on his Mercedes after Max Verstappen’s Red Bull flew off a lean and over his car during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

The rear of Verstappen's Red Bull came within inches of Hamilton's head after their dramatic collision at Monza

The rear of Verstappen’s Red Bull came within inches of Hamilton’s head after their dramatic collision at Monza

The two drivers eliminated each other as they battled for position in the final dramatic turn of their championship battle

The two drivers eliminated each other as they battled for position in the final dramatic turn of their championship battle

Verstappen's Red Bull flies over Hamilton's Mercedes after they collided at the first corner of lap 26 to displace position

Verstappen’s Red Bull flies over Hamilton’s Mercedes after they collided at the first corner of lap 26 to displace position

The Red Bull remained nose-first in the gravel box with the Mercedes wedged underneath after the sensational crash

The Red Bull remained nose-first in the gravel box with the Mercedes wedged underneath after the sensational crash

The dramatic moment came on lap 26 of 53 on the Italian circuit. As Hamilton exited the pit lane, Verstappen pulled up next to him and they battled for position in the Variante Del Rettifilo corner.

Dutch driver Verstappen ran wide and the raised curb launched his Red Bull into the air, landing the rear of the machine on Hamilton’s Mercedes, which had been pushed off the track.

Verstappen’s car also plowed into the gravel pit on the side of the track, with the back of his Red Bull on Hamilton’s car left.

The two championship rivals battled for position on the chicane after Hamilton had just emerged from the pit lane

The two championship rivals battled for position on the chicane after Hamilton had just emerged from the pit lane

Wheel-to-wheel the two drivers refused to give in by an inch, forcing Verstappen wide to mount a 'sausage ramp' on the corner

Wheel-to-wheel the two drivers refused to give in by an inch, forcing Verstappen wide to mount a ‘sausage ramp’ on the corner

Verstappen criticized Hamilton for not giving him enough space on the team radio before he exited his car and stormed off

Verstappen criticized Hamilton for not giving him enough space on the team radio before he exited his car and stormed off

Hamilton emerged unscathed from his Mercedes a few minutes later with the Red Bull still resting on the front section

Hamilton emerged unscathed from his Mercedes a few minutes later with the Red Bull still resting on the front section

Hamilton took a moment to inspect the respective damage the two cars had sustained when he and Verstappen crashed

Hamilton took a moment to inspect the respective damage the two cars had sustained when he and Verstappen crashed

In a clear sign that the incident – the second of the season after they collided at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, sending Verstappen into the tire wall – will do little to ease tensions between the pair, Verstappen stormed off without checking Hamilton’s well-being.

“That’s what happens when you don’t leave any space,” Verstappen radioed to his Red Bull team as he exited his car and walked back to the pit lane.

Hamilton lifted himself out of the cockpit of his Mercedes a few minutes later to take the same walk.

More to follow.

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