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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton plans to visit specialist ahead of Russian GP

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has said he'll likely visit a specialist ahead of the Russian Grand Prix to address any lingering concerns after his clash with Max Verstappen at Monza.

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Lewis Hamilton has said that he's likely to visit a specialist ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, in order to address any remaining concerns from his incident with Max Verstappen at Monza.

The two title protagonists collided on Lap 26 of the Italian GP, with Verstappen's Red Bull ending up vaulting over the Mercedes and coming to rest on top of Hamilton's Halo cockpit protection device.

It was a terrifying moment for Hamilton, with the rear-right wheel of Verstappen's car making contact with the top of the Briton's helmet.

Having felt the weight of the Red Bull on his head, Hamilton admitted to getting a fright in the incident, and explained that he intends to visit a specialist to ensure there's no damage to his neck or spine.

"His rear wheel landed on my head," he explained to media, including RacingNews365.com

"I think the rear wheel landed on it, the Halo, and I think the most cambered part of the inside of the tyre landed on my head.

"I think I'm just going to be traveling these next days, but I probably will need to get to see a specialist just to make sure I'm good for the next race, because it's getting tighter and tighter. But I'll live."

Having tried to reverse his stricken car out from under the Red Bull and rejoin the race, Hamilton said the adrenaline of the moment meant he didn't fully realise the enormity of what had happened.

"Looking back at the footage, it obviously happened incredibly quick, and in the car, all I can think of is getting going and how many positions I'm losing. I'm still just in race mode," he said.

"It's just like, 'How can I get going again?', and I'm sitting there in a little bit of pain, but just like, 'Come on, let's go'.

"Unfortunately, the car wouldn't move."

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