Zhou Guanyu survives horrific crash on first corner of the British Grand Prix, with his car flipping upside down before smashing into a fence – as Alfa Romero confirm he is ‘OK’ and is on his way to a medical centre
- George Russell and Zhou Guanyu crashed into each other on the opening lap
- Zhou’s car flipped over and it looked like he could be seriously hurt
- However, he quickly received attention and his team confirmed that he is OK
The pair started eighth and ninth on the grid, and their two cars collided as they tried to go around the first corner, which caused them to go flying off the track.
Russell was able to leave his car quickly and appeared unharmed, but Zhou’s car rolled over, leading to the Brit rushing over to help him.
Zhou Guanyu’s car flipped over at the British Grand Prix after a crash with George Russell
Zhou’s Alfa Romeo car flew across the gravel in alarming scenes at Silverstone
Medics rushed over to help Zhou after his high-speed crash on the first corner
Russel also rushed over to try to help his fellow driver, and to make sure that he was OK
Medics were also on hand to provide assistance, as they tried to get Zhou out of his car.
Sky Sports have since reported that Zhou was able to get out safely, and his team, Alfa Romeo, have confirmed that the Chinese driver is OK.
The 23-year-old is heading to a medical centre as a precaution after the high-speed collision.
Russell will not be involved in the restart, and will miss out on a top-five finish for the first time
Following the incident, the race was red-flagged while race officials cleared the track and ensured that Zhou and Guanyu were uninjured.
Race control decided that the race would resume with the same starting grid as qualifying, minus the drivers involved in the crash.
Russell wanted to continue, but having got out of his car, it has been confirmed by the FIA that he will not be allowed to be involved in the restart.
This means that Russell will fail to finish inside the top five of a Grand Prix for the first time this season.