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Zhou Guanyu OK After Heavy Crash at British Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo rookie Zhou Guanyu was involved in a heavy crash at the start of the British Grand Prix which saw the young Chinese driver sent sliding through the turn 1 gravel trap upside down. It stemmed from a multi-car collision that occurred before the field had cleared the opening turn.

While the safety team worked to extract Zhou from his Alfa Romeo, T-cam footage appeared to show Zhou being touched in the right-rear by George Russell after Russell had tipped the front end of Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri, pitching the car up and onto its lid well before the braking point for turn 1.

Zhou’s car was seen sliding upside down toward the turn 1 barrier at considerable speed and the race was promptly red flagged as Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon, Alex Albon and Russell also took on considerable damage in the accident.

Zhou was eventually extracted from the car and taken to an ambulance via stretcher. Zhou was visibly conscious and moving his extremities upon being transferred to an ambulance for examination at the circuit’s medical center. Zhou has since been confirmed as having no major injuries after further observation.

Meanwhile, Albon was taken to the hospital after contact from Sebastian Vettel caused him to bounce his nose off the right-side wall. He then was hit twice while sliding through turn 1. Williams Racing tweeted that it was for precautionary checks.

While Zhou was safely removed from his car, the race was not yet clear to resume as the car dug in while sliding through the gravel trap, flipping multiple times and landing between the turn 1 tire barrier and the catch fence separating the track from the crowd.

While Zhou’s car sat upside down between the barriers, several spectators were observed trying to breach the safety fence and enter the track.

Russell also exited his Mercedes briefly to check on Zhou before he was extracted from the Alfa Romeo.

Zhou is currently in his debut season with Alfa Romeo, having earned a best qualifying position of ninth at this week’s British Grand Prix, and best finish of 10th in Bahrain.

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Alex joined Frontstretch in March of 2021 and currently serves as the IndyCar editor, as well as contributing to Formula 1 coverage.

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