Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu was incredibly lucky to escape a scary accident at turn 1 on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.
The Alfa Romeo driver had made a solid start to the race from P9 on the grid, but was then sent flying upside down after Gasly and Russell touched, sending the Mercedes driver into the Chinese star.
His car would dig into the gravel, which meant he cleared the tyre barrier. He landed the wrong way up after touching the catch fence. Thankfully Guanyu was uninjured when they extracted him from the car - and was then cleared following a trip to the medical centre.
“It was a big crash and I’m glad I’m OK,” Zhou said. “The marshals and the medical team at the track were fantastic with their quick response, and I also owe my thanks to the FIA and Formula 1 for all the work they have done, and they keep doing, to improve the safety of our cars — the halo saved me today, and it goes to show that every step we take in improving our cars has real, valuable results. I’m keener than ever to get back on track and do what I love; I’m fit and I’m looking forward to Austria next week.”
Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur was understandably relieved to see his driver get away unharmed. He called Guanyu walking away "the big victory of the day".
“I think we can all agree that the most important thing today is seeing Zhou come out of such a huge crash without any injury,” Vasseur said. “What we witnessed were dramatic scenes, and once again we have to thank the great improvements in safety spearheaded by the FIA and Formula 1 for a positive outcome.
“The work to improve safety in our sport is never done and today reminds us of just how important this is; Zhou is OK and fit to race in Austria next week, and this is the big victory of the day.”