Involved in impressive clashes at the start of the British Grand Prix this Sunday, Guanyu Zhou and Alex Albon gave reassuring news of their state of health.
The image has already gone around the world. At the start of the British Grand Prix this Sunday at Silverstone, a collision between George Russell and Guanyu Zhou sent the Chinese driver into a barrel. After seeing his single-seater take off in the gravel trap placed outside the first corner, the Alfa Romeo driver finished his race behind the rows of tires after being stopped by the fence separating the track from the spectators. After long minutes of uncertainty, the Alfa Romeo team gave positive news.
After being examined at the circuit medical centre, Guanyu Zhou was able to reunite with his team and said improving the safety of single-seaters prevented serious injuries. ” It was a big accident and I’m happy to get out of itdeclared the Chinese driver, already impatient to get back behind the wheel, in front of the press. I must also thank the FIA and Formula 1 for all the work they have done, and continue to do, to improve the safety of our cars.: the Halo saved me today, and it shows that every step we take to improve our cars is yielding real and valuable results. »
I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thank you everyone for your kind messages! pic.twitter.com/OylxoJC4M0
— 周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu 🇨🇳 (@ZhouGuanyu24) July 3, 2022
Albon released from hospital
Alex Albon, for his part, was an indirect victim of this accident. Indeed, wanting to avoid a second accident, Sebastian Vettel crashed at the first corner but could not avoid contact with the rear of the Williams of the Thai driver. The latter then hit the wall face-on inside the track and was sent back to the peloton. After multiple shocks with Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon in particular, Alex Albon was able to stop off the track. Even if he was able to get out of his single-seater by his own means, the Williams driver was very quickly helicoptered to Coventry hospital to undergo examinations which did not reveal any injuries.
” I am very happy that everyone else involved in the first round incident is doing well.the Thai said in a statement. Thank you to all the medical staff at the circuit and Coventry Hospital. It’s a shame our race ended before we started today (sunday), but we are already fully focused on Austria. Can’t wait for the next one. “These accidents prove once again that Formula 1 safety is very advanced but that motorsport remains dangerous.