SILVERSTONE, England — The British Grand Prix was suspended earlier than the top of the primary lap after two large collisions involving a number of drivers on the pit straight resulted in Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo ending up on the mistaken aspect of the tyre obstacles at Flip 1.
Emergency crews have been instantly in attendance, with Zhou and Williams driver Alex Albon being taken to the medical centre. Each have been cleared of main accidents, however Albon shall be transferred to Coventry Hospital for precautionary checks whereas Zhou was launched from the medical centre in the course of the race.
A replay confirmed Pierre Gasly being pinched between George Russell on one aspect and Zhou on the opposite, with contact between Gasly and Russell pitching the Mercedes of Russell into Zhou’s Alfa Romeo.
The vitality of the second affect rolled Zhou’s car, sending it the wrong way up by the run-off space earlier than it barrel-rolled over the obstacles, solely to be stopped by the catch fence in entrance of a grandstand.
Zhou later mentioned Method One’s Halo cockpit safety “saved my life”.
The Halo was launched in F1 forward of the 2018 season however was controversial with many traditionalists because it was such an enormous step away from the unprotected look of automobiles.
The system seemingly saved Charles Leclerc from a severe harm at that 12 months’s Belgian Grand Prix and has been credited for saving drivers in a number of different incidents, together with Romain Grosjean’s fireball crash on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Simply moments after Zhou’s crash, Albon was concerned in a separate incident, when he hit the brakes for the preliminary crash and Sebastian Vettel piled into the again of his Williams. The collision pushed Albon into the pit wall earlier than he rebounded again onto the observe and collided with Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon.
Tsunoda, Ocon and Gasly have been in a position to proceed again to the pits, whereas Zhou, Albon and Russell have been out of the race on the spot.
Quickly after the collisions the race was red-flagged because the leaders headed onto the Wellington Straight, suspending the race.
Separate to the collisions, protesters additionally broke onto the observe additional around the lap.
The race was restarted at 3:56 pm native time.