Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu was involved in a massive accident on Sunday’s opening lap of the British Grand Prix – with his car flipping over and skidding before tumbling over the tire barrier – but miraculously escaped without serious injury.
The crash happened moments into the race…when Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly tried to squeeze between Zhou and Mercedes’ George Russell …make contact with Russel, who then ran into Zhou.
Russell turned around as a result of the incident… and as soon as a red flag was issued, he jumped out of his car and ran to Zhou to see if he could help.
23-year-old Zhou – F1’s first Chinese driver – was removed from his car and taken off the stage on a stretcher…and immediately given a medical evaluation.
Zhou tweeted a positive update on his status shortly after… thanking the car’s halo-protective barrier for saving his life.
Williams’ Alex Albon was also in a multiple car accident after Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel hit him from behind. Alpha Tauris Yuki Tsunoda and Alpines Stephen Ocon were also involved, but were able to continue in the race.
Albon has been transferred to the medical center but is doing well. Ocon eventually had to pull out of his car due to a fuel pump problem.
The rest of the race was downright exciting — Ferraris Carlos Sainz Jr. finished P1 for the first time in his career…with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes rounds out the rest of the podium.
Tom Cruise was in attendance for the race…Hamilton chatting after the checkered flag.
Max Verstappen finished 7th…but Ferrari couldn’t gain ground over Red Bull in the Constructor standings, like Charles Leclerc finished 4th.