Zhou Guanyu has confirmed he was given the medical all-clear after surviving a massive crash involving George Russell on the first lap of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The pair started eighth and ninth on the grid, and their two cars collided as they tried to round the first corner, sending them flying off the track.
Russell was able to get out of his car quickly and appeared unharmed, but Zhou’s car flipped over several times as it flew over gravel and over a barrier before crashing into a fence.
The Briton quickly noticed his team-mate was in trouble and ran to try to help him, a heroic act which nonetheless saw Russell lose his chance to resume racing.
A crowd of medics also quickly arrived on the scene as they tried to get Zhou out of the car. His team, Alfa Romeo, later confirmed that he got off safely and was fine after the alarming scenes.
The 23-year-old went to a medical center as a precaution after the high-speed collision, before Alfa Romeo confirmed that Zhou had not suffered any serious injuries but was still being kept under observation.
Zhou Guanyu’s car overturned at British Grand Prix after crash with George Russell
Zhou’s Alfa Romeo car flew over the gravel in alarming scenes at Silverstone
The car slammed into a fence on the opening lap at Silverstone in gruesome scenes
The accident caused chaos in the opening laps, with several cars running off the track
Doctors rushed to help China’s Zhou after his high-speed first-corner crash
Russell also rushed over to try and help his fellow driver and make sure he was okay.
After the race restarted, they provided another update, saying Zhou had been released from the medical center and was then seen walking around the paddock at Silverstone.
Then on social media, Zhou confirmed he was fine, posting a message along with a selfie: “I’m fine, everything is clear.” Halo saved me today. Thank you all for your kind messages!’
Russell gave his reaction to the incident afterwards, as he said sky sports: ‘I’m glad to see Zhou well. It was a horrible incident.
Russell wanted to continue, but having gotten out of his car, the FIA decided he could not finish the race.
It means Russell will fail to finish in the top five of a Grand Prix for the first time this season following his selfless act.
‘I jumped out of the car to see if Zhou was okay. When I got back to the car, I couldn’t start it again. As soon as you get outside assistance, you can’t restart the race,” Russell said as he reflected on his exclusion from the rest of the race.
Track workers finally removed the car after Zhou was safely removed from the vehicle
Zhou was then given medical clearance and was seen walking around the paddock
He later took to social media to confirm he was fine and confirmed the halo saved him
The Mercedes team also sent out a tweet following the incident, posting a message that read, “First of all, the most important thing is that Zhou is fine.”
“It was a scary incident and all credit goes to the marshals and the medical team for their quick response.
“Obviously I was gutted to finish the race this way and I’m sorry for the team and the fans. LH (Lewis Hamilton) cheers from the garage,” he wrote.
Following the incident, the race was red flagged while race officials cleared the track and ensured that Zhou and Guanyu were uninjured.
Alex Albon was also caught in the crash on the first lap and was unable to continue once the race resumed.
Russell was not involved in the restart and will miss a top five finish for the first time
Race management decided to resume the procedure with the same starting grid as qualifying, minus the drivers involved in the accident.
There was also a horrific crash in the F2 race earlier today with Dennis Hauger’s car being thrown into the air.
The car fell on driver Roy Nissany, but luckily he was protected by his halo – a crash bar that was introduced to the race in 2018.
Both drivers managed to escape unscathed.