On-board radio Max Verstappen after the crash at Silverstone

On-board radio Max Verstappen after the crash at Silverstone

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On-board radio Max Verstappen after the crash at Silverstone

Gives an impression of how hard it went

Roller coasters, and not the ones in the Julianatoren, produce a maximum of 5 g. That’s the amount of g, five times your own weight, that people can reasonably tolerate. Fighter jet pilots are trained to handle forces of 9 g. Max Verstappen was hit by 51 g during his crash at Silverstone yesterday. That it was a hard blow is further confirmed in this fragment. There is a chilling silence on Max Verstappen’s on-board radio for a few seconds – it seems as if Verstappen is unconscious for a moment.

Only after a few tense seconds does the Dutch driver react. Verstappen cannot produce much more than painful moans and an expletive. Fortunately, he was then able to walk into the ambulance under his own power and after a zipper test he was declared healthy. Fortunately, later in the day the driver was a lot more vocal, as you could read in Verstappen’s reaction to the crash at Silverstone.

On-board radio Max Verstappen after the crash