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Wolff relieved: Halo definitely saved Hamilton's life today

Toto Wolff has credited the Halo for saving Lewis Hamilton's life after he collided with Max Verstappen in the Italian Grand Prix.

Toto Wolff has praised the Halo cockpit protection device for saving Lewis Hamilton's life following the Mercedes driver's collision with Red Bull rival Max Verstappen midway through Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Verstappen were attempting to negotiate Monza's first chicane side-by-side, with Hamilton emerging from the pit lane next to Verstappen as the latter approached at full speed.

Verstappen used his momentum to pull 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.

"The Halo definitely saved Lewis' life today," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com, after the race.

"It would have been a horrible accident that I don't want to even think about if we wouldn't have had the Halo."

Wolff was then asked if he is concerned about the title fight leading to either Hamilton or Verstappen being seriously injured.

"It's fierce and it's intense. They need to find a way how to race each other," said Wolff.

"Either leave room, in every direction... There will be accidents if it's not clear, and it's never clear cut, actually, like the Silverstone [collision] because it was predominantly [Hamilton to blame], but they know in the car what they're doing and how they're racing each other.

"We should be watching with interest and hopefully not have eight accidents in the next eight remaining races."

A stewards' investigation into the incident is taking place, with the verdict to follow.

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