Michael Schumacher’s brother Ralf has taken aim at Lewis Hamilton in the aftermath of the Brit’s crash with Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix. Red Bull star Verstappen was slapped with a three-place grid penalty after the FIA pinned the blame of the collision on him.
The Dutchman’s car landed on Hamilton’s head but fortunately the halo saved the Mercedes star from any serious danger.
Hamilton claimed he was lucky to be alive in the aftermath of the incident.
Michael Schumacher had his fair share of scaring accidents during his dominance in F1 and his brother Ralf has accused Hamilton of ‘dramatising’ his own experiences.
“I think Lewis was too dramatising of it, considering that he flew to New York the next day to attend an event,” Ralf told Sport1.
Hamilton complained of having a sore neck after the race but he counted his lucky stars for F1’s safety features.
“Honestly, I feel very, very fortunate. Thank God for the halo. That ultimately saved me. And saved my neck,” he said.
“I don’t think I have ever been hit on the head by a car before and it is quite a shock for me.
“If you see the image, my head is quite far forward. I have been racing for a long long time and I am so so grateful I am still here.
“I feel incredibly blessed that someone was watching over me today.”
However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff accused Verstappen of foul play.
Wolff told Sky Sports: “The stewards are going to decide who is predominantly to blame.
“In football you call it a ‘tactical foul’. [Verstappen] probably knew if Lewis stays ahead, that is the race win, possibly.
“If you compare it to what Lewis said about Turn 4 on lap one, there was no space left – pushed off the track, actually.
“Let the stewards make the judgement. I don’t want to be a punter like some of my colleagues.”
Hamilton and Verstappen’s title fight will resume this weekend at the Russian Grand Prix.