Formula One drivers are built different. Whipping around a track in ground-bound rocketships, it’s bordering on screw loose territory. If you’re looking for a clear-cut example of how insane the sport is, Zhou Guanyu’s recent crash at the British Grand Prix is the perfect encapsulation, with the driver flipping his vehicle on the first turn of the race and proceeding to crash into the barrier upside down at an insane speed. We’ll stick to the video game, thanks.
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The British Grand Prix started in perhaps the most dramatic fashion of the season, with the Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanya suffering a huge crash heading into the first corner. Causing an immediate red flag on lap one, the rookie made contact with Mercedes’ George Russell, which flipped his car onto its roof. Gliding upside down, the vehicle crossed into the gravel before skipping over the barrier and smashing into the perimeter fencing in front of a terrified grandstand. Emergency staff immediately rushed to the scene, and after the doctor’s assessment back at the circuit’s medical centre, the Chinese driver was released in good health.
Following the incident, fans were treated to one of the season’s most exciting races, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz finally claiming his first Grand Prix victory. The pole-sitter struggled for pace early but climbed back to take the lead and was able to fend off the chasing pack. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was forced to make a pit stop early but fought back to secure P2 whilst hometown favourite Lewis Hamilton completed the podium and set the fastest lap of the race.
Championship leader Max Verstappen suffered a puncture early on, struggling with his car the entire day to eventually finish P7. Ferrari’s young contender, Charles Leclerc, once led the race on lap 43 yet couldn’t hold on to the pace with his tyres aging, slipping down the leaderboard to cross the line in P4. Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, Mick Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo finishing a disappointing P13.
This weekend was a challenging event, with six drivers failing to finish the race at Silverstone. See you next week for more action in Austria.