World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was once again reminded of the potential dangers of racing at the Monza crash. The Mercedes star spoke openly about this sensitive topic afterwards.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s Monza crash occurred at a relatively low speed. It was still dangerous, because the Dutchman’s company car landed on the defending champion’s Mercedes. In view of the collision between the two title rivals, the experts agreed: Fortunately, the Halo protective bar prevented the Briton from seriously injuring himself.
The accident was a reminder of the dangers of motorsport, and while Formula 1 stars don’t usually like to talk about the potential consequences of their work, Hamilton was open on the subject after the race in Italy. In an interview with his colleague from “ESPN.com”, the seven-time champion said: “I would say, in my younger days I didn’t think about it.”
And Hamilton added: “When you’re young, you think you’ll live forever, but of course I’m more aware of that now, which is why I’m more grateful. When I was younger I didn’t think so. ” At the same time he admitted: “Of course it can affect you if you think about it too much, and I cannot allow that to happen. ‘Cause I still love what I do And I know that there are risks.”
“I’m just grateful that the level of safety is at today’s level and that it is continually being improved,” added the 100-time GP winner. And he made it clear that he couldn’t wait to get back into the cockpit. “If the day comes when that is no longer the case, then I know that the time has come to stop. But it’s not that far yet,” emphasized the World Cup leader.