At the start of the British Grand Prix, Zhou Guanyu and George Russell were involved in a scary crash just off turn 1.
21 seconds. That’s all it took for the first red flag of the race, and it’s all thanks to a freak crash between Russell and Guanyu, in which the latter’s care flipped upside down in a scary incident.
While no one appears to have been harmed in the accident, it’s still a reminder just how quick things can go off the rails.
The cars were clearly damaged in the accident, and while thousands if not millions of dollars will be lost as a result, what’s most important is that no one was injured — at least upon first look. Guanyu is conscious and undergoing further evaluation.
Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon and Alexander Albon were all involved in the accident. Russell is out of the race, which will end his streak of top-5 finishes.
British Grand Prix accident was terrifying
As the second replay shows, Zhou’s car rolled over several times and nearly made its way into the stands. A barrier protecting the grandstand kept an ugly incident from getting much, much worse.
With protestors invading the racetrack before the first lap as well, the British Grand Prix has had plenty of fireworks early on, and not for good reasons.