Zhou Guanyu and Alexander Albon were uninjured on Sunday in a very serious crash shortly after the start of the British Grand Prix. Both drivers were grateful afterwards that they got out of their car unscathed.
“It was a bad crash and I’m very happy I’m okay,” said Zhou. “The marshals and medical team on track have been fantastic, but the halo saved me today. It proves that it makes sense to keep improving the safety of our cars. I am fit and looking forward to racing in Austria next week.”
George Russell lost control of his Mercedes and slammed into the side of Zhou’s car, which was pushed upside down and flew at high speed through the gravel box and even slammed into the fences over the tire stack.
It took a while before emergency services were able to free the Chinese from the wreckage, which was wedged between a pile of tires and the fencing. He was taken by stretcher to the medical post at the track, where the reassuring announcement was soon made that Zhou was conscious, could speak and had no fractures. A moment later, the message followed that he had escaped the crash unharmed.
Albon released from hospital on Sunday evening
Albon was also involved in the starting accident. The Williams driver was tapped and the nose of his car crashed into the inside of a concrete wall.
As a precaution, 26-year-old Albon was taken to hospital, where he was discharged later on Sunday evening. “Everything is fine,” Albon wrote on Twitter, also posting a photo of him lying in a hospital bed.
“But the most important thing is that Zhou Guanyu is okay. Thanks to the medical staff and thank you everyone for the nice messages. We will now fully focus on Austria.”
And that Austrian Grand Prix is already on the program next week. Carlos Sainz recorded his first win of his career in Silverstone. Max Verstappen finished seventh in a damaged car.