F1 rookie Zhou Guanyu miraculously survived a horror crash at the British Grand Prix, where one device saved his life.
Rookie driver Zhou Guanyu survived one of the most terrifying crashes in recent memory at the British Grand Prix that left the F1 world holding its breath.
The crash occurred on the very first lap of the race on Monday morning (AEST) when Zhou was accidentally clipped by Mercedes’ George Russell on the opening corner at Silverstone.
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Zhou’s car flipped upside down, sliding at full speed off the track and onto the gravel before landing on the fence.
Russell also flew off the track and immediately got out of his car and ran to Zhou’s car to check on him.
Williams’ Alex Albon was also taken to hospital for further medical examinations, but was acquitted of serious injuries.
There were serious concerns for Zhou’s well-being, but he was eventually removed from his Alfa Romeo, placed on a stretcher and examined at the medical center.
Fortunately, he was conscious and was later cleared of serious injuries and released from the medical center.
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The halo, the protective barrier around the driver’s head, prevented Zhou’s helmet from scraping the ground and likely saved his life.
The race was red flagged and after a long delay, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz finally claimed his first win in his 150th Grand Prix ahead of Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished 13th in another forgettable result.
Zhou posted a selfie on Twitter after the race to reassure fans he was okay, repeating the “halo saved me today”.
In a sight that will make F1 fans breathe a sigh of relief, the Chinese driver walked through the paddock on his own.
The images of Zhou’s car upside down and his body crushed in his car between the halo and the railings are breathtaking.
Amid the carnage of Zhou’s horror crash, it was revealed that several protesters had taken to the track during the opening lap.
If the race hadn’t been flagged with a red flag, they might have kept a blanket on lap two.
Local police were expecting the protesters, who were quickly removed from the track.
Sky Sports commentator David Croft said: “On that first lap when we had the red flag there were several people trying to get onto the track here at Silverstone.
“Those people were immediately removed. The case is now pending with the local authorities.
“Looks like a few have taken to the track. Their efforts came to naught and the race was marked in red by that stage.
“Entering a racetrack, whatever your reason, seems utterly, utterly ridiculous to me.”