During the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out in the early stages of the race. As it turned out, Giovinazzi lost control on the exit of the corner and crashed into the wall.
His car then rebounded off the wall and strew a lot of debris back on the track. Unfortunately, the Williams car hit some of the debris and it was curtains for him as well.
Safety Car ⚠️
Giovinazzi spins into the wall, and a stray wheel sends Russell into the barriers 💥
Both drivers okay 👍
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) August 30, 2020
The good news is that both drivers were able to walk away without any injury. However, on the initial impact, Russell appeared quite winded because he was breathing very heavily on the team radio. Luckily, they were able to climb out of their wrecked machines.
Aftermath of the Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell crash
Owing to the debris on the track, race direction scrambled the Safety Car out on the track. This was because the debris had the potential to ruin a number of races with unnecessary punctures.
Russell had already demonstrated the danger of on-track debris. The British driver struck a loose wheel from Giovinazzi’s stricken Alfa Romeo.
Meanwhile, the two are survived by their teammates, Kimi Raikkonen and Nicholas Latifi. The Canadian is currently reveling in the fact that he has a Ferrari behind him on the track, racing for track position.
On the other hand, Kimi Raikkonen is on the edge of a top 10 berth and chasing his first points. However, he has to get past Daniil Kvyat and hold off a charging Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly.
It is worth noting that Carlos Sainz Jr could not even start the race. Apparently, his car developed an exhaust issue, and it prevented him from going out on track and racing. So, the McLaren team is down to just one car, Lando Norris.