“My Heart Stopped” – Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka Left Shaken by Lewis Hamilton’s Scary F1 Crash

Published 09/13/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after crashing out of the race with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The recently concluded Italian Grand Prix produced 53 laps of sheer chaos. Although Daniel Ricciardo recorded an impressive victory, the crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen became the major talking point after the race.

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Following the incident, the defending world champion shared a post on social media along with a few words to sum up his thoughts. This post received reactions from millions, including tennis stars Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka among millions to support Lewis Hamilton following heavy crash

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The two championship protagonists went at each other in Lap 26. After Hamilton exited the pits, he approached Turn 1 at the same time as Verstappen. However, disaster struck as the Dutchman clipped the kerb, and then Hamilton’s tires. The collision sent his car right above his British rival’s and stayed there as they ended up in the gravel trap.

Fans across the world commended the halo that’s present on F1 cars, as they believed it saved Hamilton’s life. Instead of the crash being fatal, the 36-year-old walked away with only a sore neck.

In a post on social media, Hamilton emphasised on how lucky he was to walk away from the incident. He also thanked his legion of fans for their support following his collision with Verstappen. Among his well-wishers was 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who sent a brief message for the Briton.

She wrote, “Love you more everyday brother. My hearted stopped for a long time today. Stay safe. Your sis.” Along with her, last year’s US Open champion Naomi Osaka also commented on Hamilton’s with a few emoticons.

A few other celebrities who sent their regards were Chelsea full-back Reece James, Olympic gold medalist Lamont Marcell Jacobs, Joe Jonas and Zoe Saldana.

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Hamilton trails Verstappen by five points in the driver’s championship

Mercedes came to Monza with a stronger package than Red Bull. However, the crash ended Hamilton’s hopes of catching Verstappen in the driver’s championship.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Heading into the Russian Grand Prix, the Briton trails Verstappen by five points in the title race. If the title fight wasn’t at boiling point before, the incident in Monza certainly nudged it in that direction. Can the seven-time world champion bounce back in Sochi? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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