SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Zhou Guanyu was involved in a frightening first-lap crash on Sunday that immediately halted the British Grand Prix as safety teams tended to the only Chinese driver in Formula One.
Zhou’s car slid upside down on the gravel and his Alfa Romeo appeared to be stuck between a fence and a tire barrier at the first corner. The race was red flagged and George Russell, one of the drivers involved in the crash, sprinted from his car at the tire barrier to check on Zhou.
Team manager Beat Zehnder told German broadcaster Sky Sport that Zhou was speaking and was being taken to Silverstone Medical Centre.
Russell appeared to be hit from behind at the start and was knocked down by Zhou, whose car crashed through a gravel pit and tire wall into the retaining fence. The car was skidding on the “halo” that protects the driver’s head.
The FIA, F1’s governing body, said Zhou and Williams driver Alexander Albon were undergoing medical assessment. Albon had spun into the pit wall.
“Both drivers were conscious and will be assessed at the medical centre. Further updates will be given in due course,” the FIA said.
The drivers returned to the pits to wait for a restart. No time for this has yet been announced.
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