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Formula One Driver Zhou Guanyu Survives Horrific Crash At British Grand Prix

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Formula One driver Zhou Guanyu was involved in a horrific high-speed crash during the first lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix. The Chinese racer has indicated that his car’s halo protection device was the reason he survived the crash.

Several drivers were involved in the crash which happened at turn one. Zhou’s Alfa Romeo flipped over and skidded across the track and then onto the gravel, before hitting into the fencing.

According to the BBC, the halo, which is made from titanium, forms protection around the cockpit and was introduced in 2018. Although it was initially met with some criticism from drivers, several drivers have since credited the halo for preventing serious injuries.

“I’m ok, all clear,” Zhou tweeted later on Sunday, along with a selfie. “Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages!”

Post the crash, Zhou’s car was stuck between the tire barrier and catch fencing which protects the fans. This meant the support staff need time to extract Zhou due to the awkward position the car was in.

Mercedes’ George Russell, who had collided with Zhou, got out of his car when it stopped and rushed over to check up on Zhou. China’s 1st rookie Formula One driver – Zhou, was stretched away and later was given an all clear after assessment the medical centre.

Alex Albon, who drives for Williams, was also involved in the crash but was given an all-clear signal after being flown to a local hospital for medical checks.

The race was stopped until Zhou’s car had been removed from the track.

Later when racing resumed, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz secured victory for his first win in F1, with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez second and home favourite Lewis Hamilton in third.

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