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Horrifying New Images Reveal Chilling Reality Behind Zhou Guanyu’s British GP Crash, Leaving F1 Fans Terrified

Published 07/04/2022, 7:29 AM EDT

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The British Grand Prix went right down to the wire as Carlos Sainz ultimately won the race. However, a horrifying crash, just after the start of the race, sent shock waves across the world. Lap 1 witnessed an appalling incident involving Zhou Guanyu, which resulted in the race being red-flagged.

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Pierre Gasly was sandwiched between Russell and Zhou, and ultimately his car touched the Mercedes. Following this, Russell collided with Zhou’s Alfa Romeo, which flipped the Chinese driver’s car into the gravel and onto the barriers at high speed.


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The 23-year-old rookie was immediately rushed to the hospital for checks. Thankfully, he did not suffer any injury. After the race, Zhou posted a picture of himself with a message saying, “I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages!”

Halo once again saved the day. Earlier, Roy Nissany was also involved in an accident during the F2 race and had the halo to thank. Since its introduction in 2018, it has arguably saved countless drivers from suffering life-threatening injuries.

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The replays and the pictures of Zhou’s car rotating and eventually getting stuck in the barriers were frightening. The F1 fans expressed their views on Twitter about these shocking images.

F1 twitter reacts to the shocking images of Zhou Guanyu stuck behind the barrier

The photograph from Ben Stansill of Getty gathered attention on social media as fans could not believe the sight. As a result, they sang praises of the halo which saved Zhou from a terrible accident. Furthermore, the video of the incident from the stands looked terrifying as well.

Vladamir Rhys is another photographer who captured Zhou’s car flipping on the track of Silverstone. Like the rest, he also could not believe how the Alfa Romeo man got out of the car with no damages.


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The driver’s safety is a vital part of today’s Formula 1 world. And the invention of halo has, time and again, proved to be one of the best creations in the sport.


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Meanwhile, lap 1 also saw another incident involving several drivers. Albon’s Williams crashed into the right-hand side barriers as he attempted to slow down after Zhou’s incident. He was taken to the hospital for checks. Like Zhou, he also, fortunately, did not suffer any injuries.

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Written by:

Rahul Madhavan


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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.
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Ranvijay Singh