VIDEO: Hamilton & Vettel Almost Crash into F1 Mechanic in Highly Unsafe Moment at Monza

Published 09/10/2021, 1:21 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


It’s the qualifying day at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, and like any other quali session, it was full of drama. However, this time the drama was in the pit lane rather than the track, this time between Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Aston Martin mechanic.

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As Hamilton was in the pit lane heading out onto the track, Vettel was also released, almost hitting the Mercedes driver. However, it didn’t end there, as a mechanic helping Lance Stroll get out into the pits was nearly hit.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have contact with a mechanic in the pits

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After the first round of qualifying was done, drivers headed back to the grid to prepare for Q2. As Hamilton was set to go on out on track, Vettel came out of the garage almost avoiding contact with the 7-times world champion.

However, it could have been worse, as an Aston Martin mechanic was helping Stroll get out of the pits for the second round of qualifying. As of now, there hasn’t been any action taken by either of the drivers, but a review will be done after the session is over.

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It’s not the first time a mechanic was caught in the middle

Earlier this season at the Styrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring in Austria, Valtteri Bottas nearly took out a McLaren mechanic. Thankfully, the crew member was unharmed, but the Woking-based outfit weren’t pleased with the Mercedes driver.

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As the Finn was leaving the pits in Free Practice two session at the Styrian Grand Prix, he spun in the pit straight and slid his way to the McLaren garage almost taking out the mechanic.

Team Principal, Andreas Seidl said, “Obviously a scary moment, but nearly can happen. So all what we could do is help Valtteri to find the right direction by pushing him forward.”

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However, McLaren and Aston Martin are grateful that both their drivers were unharmed from their respective incidents. While, teams and drivers will be more careful in such situations.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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