WATCH: George Russell Abandons Race To Check On Zhou Guanyu After British GP Crash

Zhou Guanyu George Russell 2022 British Grand Prix Crash

For the second consecutive year, the British Grand Prix has been interrupted by yet another showstopping crash, this time involving Mercedes’ young gun George Russell and Alfa Romeo’s 2022 Formula 1 debutante Zhou Guanyu.

The Silverstone race was red-flagged almost immediately after lights went out due to the disastrous incident which occurred at Turn 1. A record crowd of 142,000 witnessed the Chinese-born driver’s C42 flip upside down before dragging itself across the gravel, making heavy contact with the tyre wall, and colliding into the catch fencing that separates spectators from the action.

Upon replay, it was determined that George Russell and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly had touched along the main straight, sending the former into Zhou Guanyu. In addition to the trio mentioned, Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, and Williams’ Alex Albon would also be impacted.

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Thankfully, after an eery moment of radio silence, Zhou Guanyu was given the medical all-clear – conscious with no fractures thanks in great part to the modern F1 car’s halo – and while everybody else kept their tyres warm post-crash, George Russell bowed out to check on him immediately; thereby (unknowingly) sacrificing his impressively consistent streak of finishing within the Top 5 every race this season.

“Glad to see Zhou’s doing OK… horrible to see an incident like that,” George Russell told F1TV during his post-race interview.

“I couldn’t get any temperature in the tires on the formation lap and I just got swamped by all the cars and next thing I know I got touched from behind, in the side of Zhou and we saw the rest.”

“I saw the race was a red flag, so I knew it was safe to jump out and I wanted to go and see if he was OK and if I could have helped in any way. When I came back, I couldn’t get the car turned on but there was no reason why I shouldn’t have been able to because the car was fine.”

“I ran back to the team to check and when I came back the car was on the flatbed already. As it turns out, there’s nothing wrong with the car apart from a puncture, so it’s really frustrating because we had the pace to come back, we would have definitely come back to P6 as a minimum. So many emotions.”

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“I’m OK, all clear. Halo saved me today,” Zhou Guanyu tweeted after the dust had settled.

“Thanks everyone for your kind messages!”

After years of almosts, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz would eventually go on to claim his maiden Formula 1 victory, followed by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, and hometown boy/seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. Championship leader and reigning grid king Max Verstappen, on the other hand, would finish all the way down in P7 thanks to the damage his RB18 sustained from the endplate of an Alpha Tauri front wing.

This year’s Silverstone race would also mark quite an occasion for Haas’ Mick Schumacher, son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, who managed to record his first points in F1 at P8.

Relive Zhou Guanyu’s showstopping crash at the 2022 British Grand Prix from three different angles.

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