Hamilton had just emerged from the pit lane when Verstappen came speeding up alongside him before their cars came together as they went round the bend and the Red Bull ended up on top of the Mercedes
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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix on the same corner at Monza on Sunday after colliding into each other in a bizarre incident.
Hamilton had just left the pit lane and re-entered the track but Verstappen flew up on his left hand side before trying to squeeze his rival out on the next bend.
Verstappen’s car then looked unsteady as it bobbled over the corner of the bend, before the wheels of his Red Bull came together with that of Hamilton’s Mercedes.
The clash forced Verstappen’s car up into the air as both vehicles skidded off the track, with the Red Bull eventually resting onthe nose of Hamilton’s Mercedes and forcing both drivers out.
It is the first time Hamilton has failed to finish in 63 starts and he trudged off disappointed after Verstappen had already begun his dejected walk back to the pits.
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It had been a slow pit for Mercedes by their own standards, clocking 4.5seconds, allowing Verstappen the chance to try and overtake Hamilton on lap 30.
The pair had already come close to colliding earlier in the race after the start, with both drivers pulling out on that occasion as Verstappen kept ahead of his rival.
This time the Dutchman had no such intentions, and while Hamilton backed off slightly, he could not avoid making contact.
It left a big opportunity for the rest of the pack, with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo leading the race having taken the lead from Verstappen early on.
His team-mate Lando Norris was bumped up to second as a result of the two championship leaders’ exits, while Red Bull’s Sergio Perez followed behind in third.
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