The driver of a Formula One racing car involved in a cringe-worthy crash Sunday was posting on social media within hours of the accident, citing a safety device for saving his life.
The incident took place at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone speedway.
The car of driver George Russell appeared to be hit from behind, sending his car into Zhou’s Alfa Romeo.
Zhou’s car flipped immediately after that initial contact and skidded, leaving a trail of sparks.
It’s a miracle that Zhou Guanyu escaped his Alfa Romeo alive.
— Ben Thomas (@Benfthomas_10) July 3, 2022
The car then hit a tire barrier and crashed into a fence, coming to rest there on its side.
Zhou noted that he was protected by what is called a Halo, a bar that runs above where the driver sits to protect his head.
Zhou, 23, later posted from Twitter.
“I’m ok, all clear,” Zhou tweeted. “Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages!”
I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages! pic.twitter.com/OylxoJC4M0
— 周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu ?? (@ZhouGuanyu24) July 3, 2022
As noted by ESPN, the Halo entered Formula One racing in 2018 as a step to save lives, but “was controversial, with many traditionalists as it was such a big step away from the unprotected look of cars.”
During the F2 feature race, racer Dennis Hauger landed on top of Israeli Roy Nissany in an accident.
Scary F2 crash involving Dennis Hauger and Roy Nissany. Both drivers are ok. pic.twitter.com/q3OMxxO2oN
— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthewCFB) July 3, 2022
Nissany, like Zhou, emerged from the crash without serious injuries.
Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder said Zhou spoke to the crew right after the accident.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Jr. would go on to win the Formula One race, which was restarted after the crash.
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