Zhou Guanyu’s safety was the only thing that mattered at the start of the British GP, as the entire paddock looked in shock at his horrific crash at the race start.
The Chinese youngster qualified fantastically on Saturday, but contact from the line sent him flying off into the wall, suspended in a very awkward position as he waited for the extraction and medical team to arrive.
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
Despite the severity of the incident, his condition is extremely positive, as Alfa Romeo issued a statement following his medical examinations:
Update: Following his crash, Zhou underwent checks in the medical centre. There were no major injuries. He remains under observation in the medical centre.
Zhou has been declared fit and released from the circuit’s medical centre.
Reflecting on what was a scary moment for the sport, it is essential to remember that safeguarding drivers’ health remains a priority that F1 and the FIA (as they have done) must continue to work on.
Zhou’s good health can be primarily attributed to the halo, a safety device that has already proven invaluable in F1 since its introduction in the 2018 season.
In the same way that teams continuously develop throughout the season, the FIA will undoubtedly look to continue their research and – as mentioned by George Russel post-race – learn from this weekend’s incident.