After a terrifying multi-car crash in the opening circuit of the British Grand Prix on Sunday at Silverstone, the race was stopped and the red flag was displayed. Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was flipped over and sent crashing over the barrier.
After a terrifying multi-car collision in the opening corner of the British Grand Prix on Sunday at Silverstone, the race was stopped and the red flag was displayed. Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was flipped upside down and hurtled over the circuit’s safety barrier. When Max Verstappen beat pole sitter Carlos Sainz to the first corner, there was “carnage” behind them, and marshals rushed to help Zhou, who was stuck in his disabled vehicle. Zhou was injured. Involved as well were the Mercedes driven by George Russell, the Alpine driven by Esteban Ocon, the Alpha Tauri driven by Yuki Tsunoda, and the Williams driven by Alex Albon.
Zhou’s car was catapulted upside down as it skidded off across a gravel trap and over tyre barriers into the catch fencing, where it bounced back to finish semi-upright in a stationary position. The Chinese rookie’s head was saved by his car’s roll hoop-halo as it skidded off across the gravel trap and over the tyre barriers.
The comprehensive replays of the crash were not made available right away because Zhou had to be extricated from his vehicle first.
After receiving medical attention by emergency evacuation medical workers, he was hoisted out of the vehicle, placed on a stretcher, and transported in an ambulance to the circuit medical centre.
Albon was also brought to the medical centre before being sent by helicopter to the Coventry Hospital for additional precautionary steps.
The International Motoring Federation (FIA), which is the governing body of the sport, reported that both drivers were aware and that they were currently being examined upon and evaluated.
In the section of the track, the typical speed for Formula One cars is close to 240 kilometres per hour (kph).
Replays of the beginning of the race showed that Russell, who had started seventh, went to his right after getting off to a poor start and collided with Zhou’s Alfa Romeo as the two drivers attempted to maintain their lead above Pierre Gasly.
This caused Zhou’s uncontrolled excursion off-circuit and dragged other cars into further less serious numerous crashes around them. All of these collisions occurred around them.
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has verified, in a separate supplemental release, that many protestors attempted to run on to the course after the red flag was waved.
According to what was stated in the release, “We also confirm that after the red signal, several persons attempted to join the track.” “These individuals were expelled from the premises without delay, and the matter is currently being investigated by the relevant authorities,”
After the crash, the competitors made their way back to the pits while a professional extraction crew responded to Zhou, who stayed in his car until he was pulled out. Zhou was eventually freed.
After the crash, a number of other vehicles, including Russell, got out of their automobiles to provide Zhou assistance.
After the accident, all of the teams who were involved were working feverishly to fix their wrecked vehicles in order to get ready for the race to begin again.
In a radio statement, Alfa Romeo said: “Zhou is awake, he is able to converse, and there are no fractures in his body. When one considers the situation, it may be said that he is doing very well.”
Following a delay of close to an hour, the race was restarted in the same order as it had been started, although there were only 17 drivers on the grid now because Zhou, Albon, and Russell had all dropped out.
In contrast to the initial start, Sainz was able to maintain his lead over Verstappen all the way up to the first turn. The Spaniard is currently vying for his first ever Formula One victory in his 150th start after achieving his first pole position.