Lewis Hamilton hits out at Formula One after four-way crash at Tuscan Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton accused Formula One of putting drivers' lives at risk in Sunday's crash-hit Tuscan Grand Prix.

The world champion overcame two red flags to win for a 90th time and move to within one of Michael Schumacher's victory record.

But tempers flared during the chaotic race here in Mugello with Romain Grosjean accusing Valtteri Bottas of 'wanting to kill' him.

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SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP wears a shirt in tribute to the late Breonna Taylor on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP wears a shirt in tribute to the late Breonna Taylor in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP talk in a press conference after the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Florent Gooden - Pool/Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Miguel Medina - Pool/Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (R) walks past AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly after both crash during the Tuscany Formula One Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia e San Piero on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly (L) crashes with Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean during the Tuscany Formula One Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia e San Piero on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly leaves his car after a crash during the Tuscany Formula One Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia e San Piero on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 stops in the gravel as he retires from the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Luca Bruno - Pool/Getty Images)
Drives crash during the Tuscany Formula One Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia e San Piero on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Claudio Giovannini / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Drives crash during the Tuscany Formula One Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia e San Piero on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Claudio Giovannini / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 stops in the gravel as he retires from the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 climbs out of his car after a collision during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean (L) and Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen crash during during the Tuscany Formula One Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia e San Piero on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen crashes during the Tuscany Formula One Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia e San Piero on September 13, 2020. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BRUNO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 leads the field into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia AlphaTauri looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP is pictured wearing a shirt in tribute to the late Breonna Taylor on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: A parachutist flies with an Italian flag before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: A parachutist flies with a Ferrari flag before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: A parachutist displays a Scuderia Ferrari flag over the circuit prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Miguel Medina - Pool/Getty Images)
SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
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Bottas was leading when he backed the field up until the start-finish line following the conclusion of a safety car period. Moments later a dramatic four-way crash ensued.

But Hamilton said Bottas was not to blame – instead believing that his team-mate was left with no option after the safety car lights were turned off too late in the lap. The switching off of the lights indicate when the race is about to resume.

"It was not Valtteri's fault at all but the decision-makers," said the world champion.

"They are trying to make it more exciting but today they put people at risk. It was over the limit so there needs to be a rethink.

"These races can get boring when the field stretches out and the safety car brings it back closer together. They do it in NASCAR all the time to keep the racing exciting.

"But they have to take into account the safety aspect. Today wasn't safe and you could see it coming."

A number of drivers were too eager to get on the accelerator pedal ahead of the restart on lap seven. In the middle of the pack, rookie Nicholas Latifi jumped on the gas but had to brake dramatically.

A concertina effect followed, with Antonio Giovinazzi slamming into the back of the Williams driver. McLaren's Carlos Sainz then hit Giovinazzi, with the Italian driver sent airborne. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was blasted from behind by the out-of-control Giovinazzi, with all four cars ending up in the barriers along the main straight.

Latifi, Giovinazzi and Magnussen walked away from the accident, but Sainz sustained bruising to both hands in the high-speed shunt. The crash led to the race being red-flagged for the second time in as many weekends.

A furious Grosjean yelled over the radio: "That was f****** stupid from whoever was at the front. They want to kill us or what? This is the worst thing I have ever seen."

Bottas was cleared by the stewards of any wrongdoing. Twelve of the 18 drivers still left in the race – Bottas not among them – were later warned following an investigation but not one was found "wholly or predominantly to blame".

Hamilton's sixth win from nine rounds moved him 55 points clear of Bottas in the standings. He will get his first shot at matching Schumacher's win record in Russia a week on Sunday.

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