Hamilton avoids big crash ahead of Monza qualifying

Date published: September 5 2020

Lewis Hamilton Monza FP3

Lewis Hamilton narrowly avoided a big shunt into the back of a Haas as the traffic woes returned to Monza ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Due to the slipstream effect at Monza being worth around half a second, huge queues are forming down the back straight as all 20 drivers look for a tow on their push laps.

The same queues formed in Q3 at the Italian Grand Prix weekend in 2019 which ended up being a total farce with many drivers missing the cut-off to start their final laps in qualifying.

Ahead of the 2020 event, the FIA has issued several warnings to the drivers in order to try and avoid a repeat of 2019.

“Each Competitor and Driver is reminded of the provisions of Article 27.4 of the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations,” a statement said.

“For reasons of safety, during each practice session, acts such as weaving across the track to hinder another car may be referred to the stewards.

“During Free Practice session 3 and the Qualifying Practice, the time published in accordance with Item 8 of the Race Directors Event Notes will be used as a guide by the stewards to determine if a Driver is considered to be driving unnecessarily slowly on an out lap or any warm up lap.”

But, it appears the traffic congestion problems are still going to be a big factor heading into qualifying. In the final stages of FP3, only the quick reflexes of Hamilton prevented him from having a huge crash as he tried to weave his way through the backlog of cars.

“That was a really messy end to FP3,” Jenson Button said via Sky Sports F1.

“Lewis probably could have slowed down but I think he was proving a point that this is just wrong.

“He is reaching speeds of 200mph when he is approaching those slow cars.

“It’s totally out of order and I wouldn’t rule out a penalty for that [incident].”

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