Despite the seriousness of the accident he suffered at the start of the British GP last Sunday, Guanyu Zhou emerged unscathed and after completing his battery of tests on Thursday, he is assured of the Austrian GP, stage this week on the Spielberg circuit. The Alfa Romeo rookie shared the news on his networks.
– Finished the final medical examination, we are ready to implement everything! Thank you to everyone who supported me during this time, it meant the world to me. Go on! – tweeted.
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Guanyu Zhou has completed his medicals after an accident at the British GP and will race in Austria – Photo: Twitter/Guanyu Zhou Reproduction
Zhou was involved in an accident with four other drivers at the first corner of the Silverstone circuit. Pierre Gasly, who started 11th, tried to get into the gap between George Russell, eighth, and Zhou, ninth.
However, the Frenchman retreated a few millimeters from the Briton, who stumbled against the car of the rookie Alfa Romeo. The two men spun and, as the Mercedes driver’s car came to a stop on the track, Zhou’s single-seater began to roll over and flew over the barrier of tires separating the crowd from the zone of leak.
The Chinese Alfa Romeo even hit the grandstand grille before falling into the gap between the barrier and the grille.
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Guanyu Zhou was hit by George Russell and rolled over at the start of the British GP – Photo: ANP via Getty Images
In another parallel incident at the same time, Lance Stroll squarely hits Alexander Albon from the back. The Williams driver hits the right wall, crosses the track and is again hit by Yuki Tsunoda, who has lost his front wing.
The Aston Martin Canadian grazed Sebastian Vettel’s left rear wheel, but both escaped contact unscathed; Esteban Ocon was struck on the right front wheel by one of the people involved in the collision.
George Russell raced to see if Guanyu Zhou was okay after crashing at the start of the British GP – Photo: Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Albon, Zhou and Russell – who got out of his car and missed the opportunity to take part in the resumption of the race to check on the condition of the Alfa Romeo rival – were taken to the Silverstone circuit medical centre.
The latter two were released first, but Albon was taken to hospital for further examination and released five hours after the accident.
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The race stopped for nearly 1 hour and resumed with the starting positions, which put Carlos Sainz back in pole position. The Spaniard defended himself from Max Verstappen and overcame a mistake that sent him off the lead to win for the first time in his career.
– By the time I left Silverstone, I was already looking forward to getting back in the car. It was a great success, and again, I’m grateful for the security improvements over the past few years that got me through this. But it’s over and I’m just concentrating for the weekend here in Austria – commented Zhou.
Guanyu Zhou is rescued on a stretcher after crashing at the start of the British F1 GP – Photo: Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images
The Halo, the titanium bar that wraps around the top of the cockpit of F1 cars, was instrumental in preventing a tragedy in the case and protecting the Chinese. However, the single-seater hovercraft, a device that sits above the pilot’s head, was destroyed – something that shouldn’t happen even in high impact incidents.
The Williams Thai, whose health was also affected by the impact of crashes at the start, is also guaranteed for this weekend’s race at the Spielberg circuit.
– I had days of relaxation and I used this time to recover. It all happened so fast. I only saw what really happened when I watched the replays. But for me, I feel pretty much back to normal. I’m just taking some time with my coach – he commented.
Alexander Albon is treated by the FIA medical team after crashing during the British GP – Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
The 26-year-old’s car came to rest on the track, near the point where Zhou left the track and swept into the getaway area. The Thai was treated by medical personnel and International Automobile Federation (FIA) inspectors, but he reported that he was fine and asked the rescue team to meet Zhou.
– It can seem quite dramatic when people go to the hospital. But to reassure everyone, I went to do some precautionary tests. It’s standard procedure, actually. They have the best people working in Formula 1, so I was taken by helicopter to the hospital just in case. It’s not ideal, but I only had a few bumps and bruises. I was playing Sudoku on the hospital stretcher with Lily, my friend, and watching the race on my phone! – Detailed Albon.
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