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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix with Hamilton escaping what could have been a horrific injury after his rival's car landed near his head.
Luckily for the 36-year-old seven-time world champion, the halo appeared to saved him from serious injury.
However it did mean that Daniel Ricciardo took advantage of the extraordinary accident to claim McLaren's first victory since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
The crash took place after Hamilton moved to his left to defend his position at the right-hander, with the Mercedes driver narrowly ahead for the ensuing left-hander.
Verstappen ran out of room, and ran over the kerb which launched his Red Bull out of control and into Hamilton's Mercedes.
The rear of the Dutchman's airborne machine ran over the top of Hamilton's helmet, with the protective halo device absorbing the impact.
The front of Verstappen's Red Bull was then beached in the gravel, and resting on Hamilton's car.
A furious Verstappen said: "That is what happens when you don't leave any room."
The Dutchman jumped out of the cockpit and stormed away, without checking on Hamilton's condition.
For everyone asking, Lewis is OK. He's on his way back to the paddock now.- Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) September 12, 2021
One lap later, Hamilton eventually emerged from his car, appearing to be unharmed.
The two men walked back to the paddock with the stewards now investigating the coming-together - their second in five races following the opening-lap crash at July's British Grand Prix.
Ricciardo started second, but took the lead after beating Verstappen in the 430-metre charge to the opening chicane.
Behind, Hamilton moved ahead of Norris and was within striking range of Verstappen as they approached the Variante Del Roggia.
Verstappen held the inside line and Hamilton diverted off track, running across the kerbs, and falling behind Norris.
"He pushed me wide," the 36-year-old Englishman complained over the radio.
After claiming the eighth win of his career, his first since 2018, Ricciardo said: "Can I swear? About time.
"It was never a guarantee we would lead the whole race but I held firm in the first stint and to keep Max behind and then there was the safety car.
"To lead from start-to-finish, none of us expected that. There was something in me on Friday and I knew there was something good to come this weekend.
"To get a one-two for McLaren is insane. I am, for once, lost for words."
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