Zhou Guanyu's car flips over tire barrier in huge F1 crash

Zhou Guanyu's car flips over tire barrier in huge F1 crash

SILVERSTONE, England -- The British Grand Prix was suspended before the end of the first lap after two huge collisions 

involving multiple drivers on the pit straight resulted in Zhou Guanyu's Alfa Romeo ending up on the wrong side of the tyre barriers at Turn 1.

Emergency crews were immediately in attendance, with Zhou and Williams driver Alex Albon being taken to the medical centre

 Both were cleared of major injuries, but Albon will be transferred to Coventry Hospital

for precautionary checks while Zhou was released from the medical centre during the race.

A replay showed Pierre Gasly being pinched between George Russell on one side and Zhou on the other

with contact between Gasly and Russell pitching the Mercedes of Russell into Zhou's Alfa Romeo.

The energy of the second impact rolled Zhou's car

sending it upside down through the run-off area before it barrel-rolled over the barrier

only to be stopped by the catch fence in front of a grandstand.

Zhou later said Formula One's Halo cockpit protection "saved my life".

The Halo was introduced in F1 ahead of the 2018 season but was controversial with many traditionalists

as it was such a big step away from the unprotected look of cars.

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