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Italian Grand Prix 2021

Stewards investigation begins into Verstappen and Hamilton clash

The FIA stewards have begun their investigation into the clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Monza that took both drivers out of the race.

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The stewards at Monza have begun their investigations into the incident that saw Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collide on Lap 26 of the Italian Grand Prix.

The pair were attempting to negotiate the first chicane side-by-side, with Hamilton emerging from the pit lane next to Verstappen as the Dutch driver approached at full speed.

Verstappen used his momentum to draw alongside Hamilton, hanging on around the outside of the right-hand part of the chicane, before the pair made contact at the apex of the left-hander.

Verstappen hit the sausage kerb and was sent flying, his Red Bull getting pitched over the top of the Mercedes. Both drivers came to a halt in the gravel trap, with the Red Bull sitting atop the Mercedes.

Replays showed the Halo on Hamilton's car took the full brunt of the weight from the Red Bull as it came to rest.

Neither driver was injured in the incident. It is the second coming together between the two title protagonists this season, following their controversial clash at the British Grand Prix.

The stewards announced that the investigation into the incident will begin after the race, with representatives from both teams summoned along with the drivers. Both drivers have now been to see the stewards, with a ruling expected Sunday evening.

The last collision between the pair, at Silverstone, resulted in the stewards finding Hamilton predominantly to blame for the clash. He was given a 10-second time penalty for the incident, although he recovered from the penalty to win the race.

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