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(Reuters) - Formula One title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided and crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday.
Mercedes' seven-times world champion Hamilton had pitted and returned alongside Red Bull's championship leader, with the pair colliding at the first chicane and Verstappen's car wedged on top of the Briton's in the gravel.
Both drivers stepped out and the safety car was deployed.
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"That's what happens when you don't give space," said Verstappen on the team radio.
Verstappen had started the day five points clear of Hamilton after finishing second in Saturday's sprint race for a bonus two points.
The Dutchman lost out at the start to McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo, who led the race ahead of British team mate Lando Norris with 20 laps to go. McLaren have not won a Formula One grand prix since 2012.
Verstappen had been running in second place but lost 11 seconds in a slow pitstop that dropped him down to 10th place while Hamilton passed Norris to take the lead with Ricciardo having already pitted.
Hamilton pitted three laps after Verstappen and went wheel-to-wheel with his rival after rejoining the track, with the cars making contact and the Red Bull lifting off the kerb and into the air.
‘Hamilton stopped giving Max space post-Silverstone’
Ex-F1 driver Christijan Albers says Lewis Hamilton was always the one to give Max Verstappen space on track, until Silverstone. © PA Images Max Verstappen explains Lewis Hamilton qualifying. Spain May 2021 There is something about a sprint qualifying weekend which seems to inspire contact between the two title protagonists, as Monza saw the second major collision between Verstappen and Hamilton in 2021.
Hamilton's halo head-protection device seemed to take the brunt of the impact as the Red Bull came down on top of the Mercedes.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, Editing by Catherine Evans)
Max thought he would lose points in Monza sprint .
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