VIDEO: New 360° Footage Reveals More Astonishing Details About Hamilton-Verstappen F1 Crash

Published 09/15/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Although this year’s Italian Grand Prix is now in the past, fans continue to dwell on the moments which took place on Sunday. Among many stunning moments, the one which stood out was the crash involving championship rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

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Since the crash took place on Lap 26, fans saw it from a few different angles, be it on TV, live streams, or social media. However, the official F1 handle provided a new view of the crash, which presents the stunning event differently.

F1 release 360-degree view of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s crash

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Over the years, F1 has seen technology advance immensely. Since the first onboard camera featured on a race car in 1985, teams have added more cameras to it in order to provide more visuals. Although the 360-degree camera made its debut in 2018, F1 didn’t release any coverage of the action from that camera.

The 360-degree camera features on the nose of the car, right between the halo and the front wing. In a 76-second video, F1 released footage depicting the action from these cameras on Hamilton’s and Verstappen’s cars.

From Hamilton‘s camera, fans can see the whole crash unfold. Right from the moment that they make contact to Verstappen’s right rear tire running over the Briton and the halo, this camera provides a more complete view. It also shows the defending champion kicking up some gravel as he tried to reverse and keep going.

Verstappen‘s camera, on the other hand, doesn’t show as much. However, it shows the Dutchman checking on his British rival briefly, before walking right past the scene.

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The 53-lap race in Monza saw Daniel Ricciardo take his first race win in three years. In addition, McLaren‘s performance on Sunday helped them leapfrog Ferrari in the constructor’s championship. Meanwhile, Mercedes and Red Bull needed Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez to bring home valuable points for their respective teams.

Following Sunday’s race, Verstappen and Hamilton met the stewards as part of their investigation. Later that day, they announced the Dutchman will take a three-place grid penalty in the next race, which is the Russian Grand Prix.

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

With the 23-year-old holding a slim lead over his more experienced rival, Sochi presents an exciting prospect in the next chapter of this intense rivalry. Can Verstappen beat the odds and extend his lead on Hamilton after September 26? Or will the experienced Briton claw his way back?

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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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