An unfortunate incident at the start of the main race of the 2022 British Grand Prix halted the proceedings for while as the marshals brought out red flags. A multi-car smash took place during Lap 1 and forced the race to be stopped immediately. Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo went for a spin and hit the side barricades while George Russell, Pierre Gasly, and others behind crashed into each other.
As Max Verstappen pipped pole-sitter, Carlos Sainz, to the first corner there was “carnage” behind with Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo hurtling upside down into the gravel. George Russell’s Mercedes, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri), and the Williams of Alex Albon were also involved.
Marshalls rushed to Zhou who stayed trapped inside his stricken car. Meanwhile, the roadworthy members of the grid returned to the pits to wait for the re-start. A specialist crew attended to Zhou Guanyu who remained in his car. The Alfa Romeo driver was then safely lifted from his car and carried on a stretcher to an ambulance to take him to the medical center. Alex Albon was also taken to the medical center.
Watch the unfortunate incident here:
It’s a miracle that Zhou Guanyu escaped his Alfa Romeo alive.
— Ben Thomas (@Benfthomas_10) July 3, 2022
Zhou conscious and unhurt
The Alfa Romeo Team Radio updated on the health status of Zhou Guyanu and told Vlaterri Bottas that his teammate is conscious and unhurt. “Zhou is conscious, he’s talking, there is no fractures, and considering the circumstances, he’s pretty good,” Bottas is told on the team radio. Meanwhile, George Russell who was also involved in this multi-car crash reacted to Zhou’s health status and said he was glad to know that he was okay.
“Firstly, glad to see that Zhou Guanyu is doing OK. Ultimately we took the risk of starting on the hards, as I made a mistake in qualifying, and hoped it would give us an opportunity at the end of the race, but it gave me no grip…,” said Russell.