Hamilton likely to visit 'specialist' ahead of Russian GP

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Hamilton likely to visit 'specialist' ahead of Russian GP

Lewis Hamilton says he'll likely visit a medical specialist ahead of next week's Russian Grand Prix to alleviate any concerns related to the impact his head suffered in last Sunday's pile-up at Monza with Max Verstappen.

Although the two drivers' collision took place at a very low speed, Verstappen's car bounced off the top of Hamilton's Mercedes, with the Red Bull's rear right wheel destroying the W12's air box before its momentum was fortunately impeded by the car's Halo.

However, Hamilton's helmet still bore the brunt of a partial impact with Verstappen's wheel which led to some enduring neck pain in the aftermath of the crash.

The Briton traveled from Monza to New York after the Italian Grand Prix to take on Monday evening in the Met Gala fundraising event seemingly looking fit and well.

"His rear wheel landed on my head," explained the seven-time world champion.

"I think the rear wheel landed on it, the Halo, and I think the most cambered part of the inside of the tyre landed on my head.

"I think I'm just going to be traveling these next days, but I probably will need to get to see a specialist just to make sure I'm good for the next race, because it's getting tighter and tighter. But I'll live."

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Hamilton said that in the heat of the moment, he was unaware of any real pain or the magnitude of the blow, and was only concerned with extricating his car from the gravel trap and rejoining the track.

"Looking back at the footage, it obviously happened incredibly quick, and in the car, all I can think of is getting going and how many positions I'm losing. I'm still just in race mode," he said.

"It's just like, 'How can I get going again?', and I'm sitting there in a little bit of pain, but just like, 'Come on, let's go'.

"Unfortunately, the car wouldn't move."

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Flashes of 'Max and Lewis' deterred Norris from fighting Ricciardo

Lando Norris says he held back from challenging Daniel Ricciardo at Monza, fearing a fight with his McLaren... The post Flashes of 'Max and Lewis' deterred Norris from fighting Ricciardo appeared first on F1i.com.

Flashes of 'Max and Lewis' deterred Norris from fighting Ricciardo

Lando Norris says he held back from challenging Daniel Ricciardo at Monza, fearing a fight with his McLaren teammate would end up in the gravel trap like Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Norris completed McLaren's triumphant display in the Italian Grand Prix by finishing second behind Ricciardo, a position he boldly seized from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc on the race's restart at the end of the caution period triggered by the run-in at the first chicane between Verstappen and Hamilton.

With Formula 1's two title protagonists out of the way, the race was virtually McLaren's to lose, which was precisely why Norris refrained from attacking his leading teammate.

"I got a bit closer on one lap and I just kinda… I don’t know why… I had a few flashes seeing the incident between Max and Lewis," explained the Brition.

"I saw it quite well in my mirrors, so when I thought maybe I’ll try, that was flashing up in my head and I thought ‘naaah, maybe this isn’t the wisest decision’!

"So, I would have loved to [challenge for the win] but I’m just as happy in a way, like as much as I would have loved to go for the win, just finishing first and second, I’m just as happy with."

Starting fourth, Hamilton failed to outrun any of his rivals on the run down to the first corner, the Mercedes driver election to hold his own and slot himself in behind Norris.

However, just like in Saturday's sprint event, the seven-time world champion didn't have the straight-line speed to overhaul his McLaren rival.

But Norris admitted to a stressful afternoon at the Temple of Speed, with no moment to "chill out".

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"I think I had a good warm-up [on Saturday] with 18 laps trying to defend from him," commented Norris.

"I could figure him out quite quickly, where he was going to be strong and weak and so on.

"And he was on the hard tyre, so for the majority of it, I could hold him off reasonably easily but the last two or three laps of the stint, the hard tyre started to come back to him quite a bit.

"The whole race was stressful, not going to lie. There was not one moment where I thought I could relax and just chill-out a little bit."

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