F1 title rivals Hamilton and Verstappen clashed whereas battling for place throughout Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, leading to Verstappen’s Purple Bull automotive flying excessive of Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Considered one of Verstappen’s wheels made mild contact with Hamilton’s helmet, however the majority of the impression was buffeted by the halo cockpit safety machine.
The halo underwent intensive testing and analysis at Cranfield College previous to its introduction to F1 in 2018, and its subsequent growth to all FIA single-seater championships.
Within the aftermath of Hamilton’s accident, Clive Temple, the Motorsport MSc programme director at Cranfield College, stated it was science, not luck, that had saved the seven-time F1 world champion.
“Hamilton was not fortunate,” Temple stated.
“It’s a indisputable fact that engineering and science underpin all of this work which ensures drivers are secure. Security is the first concern in motorsport.
“The halo was launched in 2018 and proved its value in that season when Charles Leclerc, who was then driving for Alfa Romeo, was shielded from [Fernando] Alonso’s flying McLaren.
“We additionally had the [Romain] Grosjean fireball incident in November 2020 and once more the halo got here to the fore there together with different security measures such because the deformable nostril cone safety, in-helmet security system and the barrier, itself.
“It’s been proven that the halo is now one of many main security gadgets that has served all drivers who’re racing single seaters from F1 right through to System 4.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, and Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16B, crash out of the race
Photograph by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
Temple added: “As this crash has confirmed, the halo is exceptionally sturdy and is integral to different security crucial components inside the automotive.
“Hamilton experiencing Verstappen’s automotive approaching prime might be round the equivalent of close to a London double decker bus landing on top of the car.”
Talking in Mercedes’ common post-race debrief video, the group’s motorsport technique director, James Vowles, highlighted the importance of the protection developments F1 had made.
“Actually it is a testomony to all the protection that has been put in place in System 1 throughout the previous few years,” Vowles stated.
“The halo actually saved his life on this occasion, the helmet took the impression and took it effectively with out damaging him and once more the HANS machine acted because it ought to do.
“These three gadgets all working collectively to make sure Lewis is somewhat bit bruised and hurting, however OK.”
F1 launched a 360-degree video of the accident from the onboard digital camera on Hamilton’s automotive within the days following the incident, exhibiting the character of the impression up shut.
Verstappen was in the end deemed to have been predominantly at fault for inflicting the collision, leading to a three-place grid penalty for next weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.