“Thank god there’s the halo”

The Halo safety system prevented worse things from happening in the accident between Formula 1 record world champion Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen on Sunday in Monza. “I have to consider myself very lucky. Thank God there is the Halo. It saved me,” said Hamilton after the Italian Grand Prix.

Defending champion Hamilton and Red Bull challenger Verstappen collided at the beginning of the 26th round. On contact, Verstappen’s car was catapulted over Hamilton’s Mercedes, the right rear tire hit the Briton on the head, and the Halo cockpit protection weakened the impact.

“I have a bit of a pain in my neck that is getting worse now that the adrenaline is running out,” said Hamilton: “It was a tough hit.” Mercedes sports director Toto Wolff praised the system. “The Halo definitely saved Lewis’ life. It would have been a horror accident. I don’t want to think about what would have happened if we hadn’t had it,” he said. The Halo system was introduced as a new safety measure for the 2018 season. It is designed to protect the driver’s head in the event of an accident.

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