The director of motorsport at Cranfield University said Lewis Hamilton had not been “lucky” to survive his crash at Monza but had been saved by science.
When the Briton and rival for the title Max Verstappen gathered at the Italian Grand Prix, the Dutchman’s car rode the Mercedes and went on top of this one.
One of the wheels hit Hamilton’s head, but the Halo on his car protected him from any more serious damage he might have suffered had it not been there.
After the race he said he felt very “lucky”.
“I feel very, very lucky today – thank goodness for the Halo,” Hamilton told reporters. “It finally saved me, you know, and saved my neck.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been hit in the head by a car before and it’s a shock to me. If you’ve seen the picture, my head is pretty far advanced.
“I’m so, so grateful that I’m still here. I feel incredibly blessed. I feel like someone was watching over me today.
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It’s days like today, I remember how lucky I am. It takes a millisecond to go from racing to a very scary situation. Today someone must have looked down, watching over me! # TeamLH: I’m so grateful for each of you, you really are the best. We get up anyway! pic.twitter.com/H2sGtXPKrr
– Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) September 12, 2021
Temple, however, says it has nothing to do with luck or fortune.
The device underwent extensive testing and research at his university before being introduced to single-seater racing, and he attributes that to saving the lives of Hamilton and others.
“Hamilton was unlucky,” Temple said as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“It’s a fact that engineering and science underpin all of this work that keeps drivers safe. Safety is the number one concern in motorsport.
“The halo was introduced in 2018 and proved its worth that season when Charles Leclerc, then driving for Alfa Romeo, was protected against [Fernando] Alonso’s flying McLaren.
“We also had the [Romain] The Grosjean fireball incident in November 2020 and again the Halo came to the fore there, along with other safety measures such as the protection of the deformable nose cone, the safety system in the helmet and the barrier itself.
“It has been shown that Halo is now one of the primary safety devices that have been used by all single-seater drivers, from F1 to Formula 4.
“As this accident proved, the Halo is exceptionally strong and an integral part of other elements essential to the safety of the car.
“Hamilton sees Verstappen’s car coming to the top is probably the equivalent of nearly a London double-decker bus landing above the car.”