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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton 'surprised' Verstappen didn't check he was unhurt

Lewis Hamilton avoided serious injury at the Italian Grand Prix, despite Max Verstappen's rear-right tyre hitting his crash helmet. However, the Mercedes driver was somewhat taken back by his rival's lack of interest in his well-being following their clash.

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Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was surprised that Max Verstappen failed to check up on his well-being following their collision at the Italian Grand Prix.

The two championship rivals came together on Lap 26 of Sunday's race at Monza, putting both drivers out on the spot, with Verstappen picking up a grid penalty for his part in the incident.

Speaking after the race, Hamilton said he made note of the fact that Verstappen didn't check on him after the two tangled at the Rettifilo chicane.

"I did see Max get out and just walk by," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media.

"I felt that a little bit surprising because ultimately, I think when we do have incidents, the first thing we want to make sure is the guy that we crashed into, we collide with, is OK.

"But the good thing is I was able to get out and it was a long walk back, but we live to fight another day.”

Replays of the crash showed Verstappen's rear-right tyre hit Hamilton's crash helmet, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff crediting the Halo for saving the Briton's life.

Although Hamilton managed to escape the incident without major injury, he did say his neck was still bothering him.

"I'm definitely in a little bit of pain in my neck," Hamilton added. "It's feeling like it's getting a little bit worse as the adrenaline rushes off. But I'll work with Ange [Angela Cullen] to fix it.

"Honestly, I feel very, very fortunate today. Thank God for the Halo, that ultimately saved me and saved my neck."

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