Lewis Hamilton’s car had near-miss with marshals

Lewis Hamilton suffered a crash in Monaco after he collided with the barriers in the closing minutes of the final practice session.

The Monaco Grand Prix weekend ground to a halt on Saturday when Lewis Hamilton’s W14 collided with the barrier after losing the rear end coming out of Mirabeau at the end of the third practice session.

The situation left the car undriveable, needing the marshals to step in to lift the car off the track, so it could be returned to the pitlane for repairs.

Unfortunately, the situation almost proved scary when the car was lifted by a crane, as the vehicle swung back and nearly hit a marshal.

Luckily, the marshal managed to avoid the vehicle but the incident could have been serious, as the W14 swing around in the breeze.

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“Oh, I hate it when you see that. I never like to see an F1 car swinging around like that. It has a lot of weight to the rear, engine, gearbox, etc,” Sky Sports commentator David Croft said.

Hamilton had been running in eight during the session when he crashed, with the Brit apologising for the situation over the radio.

The incident didn’t prevent Mercedes from taking part in qualifying, as the engineers managed to fix the car before qualifying, with Hamilton and teammate George Russell both making it into Q3.

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The drivers will line up in P6 and P8 on Sunday, with Hamilton behind Carlos Sainz and Russell behind Pierre Gasly.

Due to the nature of the track, Mercedes will struggle for a podium without a bit of luck in the Grand Prix, as they’ll likely be stuck behind the top five during the race.

The contest could turn into a battle between Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, as the pair look set to do battle into Turn 1 in a bid to get an early lead.