The British Grand Prix was a unique race in the season for several reasons. While Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claimed his first Formula 1 victory, the race was marred with one of the most horrific multi-car crashes during the final race on Sunday. It was Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu who went through a horrific car accident during the opening moments of the race at the British GP.
It all happened when Alpha Tauri’s Pierre easily nudged George Russell’s car which lost control and rammed into Guanyu. The impact of the collision was so intense that the Alfa Romeo driver flipped and dragged along the road till it crashed into the barriers. The incident involved around six cars on the track as Alex Albon and Guanyu were taken to the medical centre for further evaluation.
First of all, the most important thing is that Zhou is ok. That was a scary incident and all credit to the marshals and medical team for their quick response.
Obviously gutted to end the race this way and I'm sorry for the team and the fans. Cheering LH on from the garage. ?
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) July 3, 2022
The crash was so nasty that it led to Zhou sliding upside down across the tarmac and stuck with only the halo protecting him before flipping over the tyre barrier, hitting a fence and then falling into a narrow gap. While the marshals were quick to reach out to the driver to check if he was okay, George Russell too stopped his car and ran to see if Zhou needed help.
In a recent development related to the incident, Russell has suggested that Formula One should learn from the incident and eliminate similar fine gaps at circuits. “It was undoubtedly one of the horrific accidents I have witnessed so closely. We need to think to avoid a car being stuck in such a fine gap. The space between the barriers and the metal fence and he was just stuck in there, with nowhere to go. Yeah, something to learn,” said Russell.
After Guanyu was declared fit, he posted a tweet expressing gratitude towards everyone for wishing him good luck. The Chinese racer said he was ok and the Halo saved him on the day. He concluded by thanking everyone for their messages. “I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks, everyone for your kind messages!” said Guanyu.