British Grand Prix: Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon escape serious injuries after alarming crash at Silverstone


Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu, Mercedes’ George Russell and Williams’ Alex Albon were all involved in a major accident at the start of the British GP, but the drivers escaped without serious injury. Russell revealed his frustration after being unable to restart the race

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Horrific crash on first lap of British GP sees Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo flip over and crash through crash barriers

Horrific crash on first lap of British GP sees Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo flip over and crash through crash barriers

The British Grand Prix was stopped on the first lap after Zhou Guanyu was thrown upside down at the first corner at Silverstone.

Mercedes’ George Russell and Williams’ Alex Albon were also caught up in the alarming crash early in the race, but the drivers escaped with no major injuries.

Zhou’s Alfa Romeo flipped over after the crash at Abbey’s high-speed first corner and traveled upside down through the barriers at a rapid pace before being thrown into the catch-up fencing. The car became stuck on its side between the tire wall and the fence, with nearby fans and photographers hiding after the impact.

Sky F1's Karun Chandhok at SkyPad analyzes Zhou's first-corner horror crash at British Grand Prix

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Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok at SkyPad analyzes Zhou’s first-corner horror crash at British Grand Prix

Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok at SkyPad analyzes Zhou’s first-corner horror crash at British Grand Prix

Sky’s Ted Kravtiz heard word from across pit lane with Zhou’s team boss Frederic Vasseur after the incident and he revealed the 23-year-old Chinese rookie was fine and that he believed he was conscious throughout the day as medical teams took care and time to extract him from the car before he was taken on a stretcher for treatment at the medical center next door to ‘Albo.

Albon was taken to hospital in Coventry for precautionary checks, but an FIA statement revealed that none of the drivers suffered serious injuries.

“Two drivers involved in the incident at the start of the race were checked at the medical centre,” the statement said. “There were no major injuries. The driver of car 24 (Zhou) is under observation at the medical centre. The driver of car 23 (Albon) will be transferred by helicopter to Coventry Hospital for checks. precautionary.

Zhou receives medical treatment after crash at Silverstone

Zhou receives medical treatment after crash at Silverstone

“The driver of car 63 (Russell) has been assessed by medical personnel and found fit.”

A radio message to Zhou’s teammate Valtteri Bottas also provided a positive update: “Zhou is conscious. He is talking. There are no broken bones and given the circumstances he is doing pretty well, pretty well. .”

And a subsequent statement from the FIA ​​revealed that Zhou had been declared fit and released from the medical center.

Reboot frustration for Russell

Russell was quickly out of his car after the incident and appeared unharmed when he went to check on Zhou, but was unable to line up when the race resumed an hour later.

Mercedes driver George Russell jumps out of his car after first corner crash

Mercedes driver George Russell jumps out of his car after first corner crash

The 24-year-old Briton revealed his frustration at not being allowed to restart and told Sky Sports F1 what happened at the first corner.

“First of all, I’m glad to see that Zhou is okay after an absolutely horrific incident,” he said. “At the end of the day, we took a risk starting hard because I made a mistake in qualifying and we were going out of position. We thought that risk gave us the best opportunity later in the race, but there was just no grip Hardest compound It’s cold out there and I got swamped by all the cars Next thing I know I got hit, c was on Zhou’s side and that was it.

Although he was forced to abandon his home race, Russell was nonetheless relieved to see that Zhou was not seriously injured following his huge crash.

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Although he was forced to abandon his home race, Russell was nonetheless relieved to see that Zhou was not seriously injured following his huge crash.

Although he was forced to abandon his home race, Russell was nonetheless relieved to see that Zhou was not seriously injured following his huge crash.

“I jumped out of the car to see if Zhou was okay. I immediately saw that there was a red flag. When I got back to the car, I couldn’t start it for a while. some reason so I ran to the team for I told the marshals to leave the car and when I came back it was at the back of the field, as soon as you get help you can’t no more rebooting.

“We’re trying [to appeal] but they are quite categorical, the FIA. It’s one of those unique scenarios.”

Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon were also caught up in the frenetic opening moments of the race, with both drivers limping back to the pits for repairs and able to participate in the restart.

Protesters arrested after storming the track

There was also another incident at Silverstone after the red flag when a number of protesters burst onto the track, only to be quickly cleared away.

An FIA statement read: “We can confirm that after the red flag several people attempted to enter the track. These people were immediately expelled and the matter is now being dealt with by the local authorities.”

Northamptonshire Police said they made several arrests.

They said on Twitter: “We can confirm that after the red flag a number of people entered the track. All were safely evacuated and a number of arrests were made.

“We continue to ask people to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”




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