Lewis Hamilton says he ‘almost broke my back’ and is ‘grateful to be ALIVE’ after terrifying crash that saw his Mercedes car bounce out of the Belgian Grand Prix on the opening lap

Lewis Hamilton says he is ‘grateful to be alive’ and almost ‘broke my back’ following the crash that saw him exit the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton admits he almost broke his back during the crash, but took full responsibility for the incident after Alonso had called him an ‘idiot’ following the incident on turn 14. The 37-year-old driver was unable to continue the race at Spa-Francorchamps and was forced to retire following the damage to his Mercedes car. Such was the impact of the crash Hamilton was ordered to get medical assistance following the crash, which he refused and resulted in a warning from the race stewards.

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