The entity that commands a Formula 1 will investigate the collision between the contenders for the Max Verstappen category title and Lewis Hamilton at Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix because it was “unusual”, according to race director Michael Masi.
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The Australian said that although the crash came at relatively low speed, safety experts at the International Automobile Federation (FIA) will look into it anyway.
The collision caused Verstappen’s Red Bull to take off from the zebra and crash into Hamilton’s Mercedes, and the inside of a rear wheel hit the seven-times champion’s helmet through the protective halo.
“Incidents that are different, so not necessarily high-G impacts or anything like that, but that are uncommon, we really looked at,” Masi said.
“Our security department analyzes them in detail, investigates and sees what we can learn and what we can improve in the future. That’s how we have a lot of security measures that we have today, and we will continue to evolve in the future.”
“We’re already collecting all the data, so we have all the information, and it all goes to our security department, as well as any photos and everything else we have along the way,” he said.
Monza marshals blamed Verstappen for the crash, and imposed on the 23-year-old Dutchman and championship leader a three-place penalty on the starting grid for the next race, which will be played in Russia.