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Zhou Guanyu 'OK' After Scary Crash to Start F1 British GP, Says Alfa Romeo

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 3, 2022

AP Photo/Tyler Tate

Formula One driver Zhou Guanyu assured fans that he is doing OK after his scary crash in Sunday's British Grand Prix:

ๅ‘จๅ† ๅฎ‡ | Zhou Guanyu ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ @ZhouGuanyu24

Iโ€™m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages! <a href="https://t.co/OylxoJC4M0">pic.twitter.com/OylxoJC4M0</a>

His post came after a dangerous collision with George Russell:

Tanya ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ @Taaaanxo

I hope Zhou is okay after that crash it was worse than it looked <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BritishGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BritishGP</a> <a href="https://t.co/RI0Z1WQ7AU">pic.twitter.com/RI0Z1WQ7AU</a>

@paulathans @paulathans

Dramatic opening to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BritishGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BritishGP</a> Hoping that <a href="https://twitter.com/ZhouGuanyu24?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ZhouGuanyu24</a> is ok. <a href="https://twitter.com/F1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@F1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SilverstoneGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SilverstoneGP</a> <a href="https://t.co/MQYKsKXPHV">pic.twitter.com/MQYKsKXPHV</a>

Zhou's car flipped upside down and into the wall after a collision on the first turn of the opening lap at Silverstone Circuit in England.

The Chinese driver remained in his car for several minutes before leaving on a stretcher, and he was moving and conscious, per BBC Sport.

"Important message from race control: Zhou is OK," Alfa Romeo, his team, said, per Autosport.

Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN @alfaromeoorlen

Following a crash at the start of the British Grand Prix, Zhou Guanyu is conscious and now at the circuitโ€™s medical centre to undergo evaluation. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BritishGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BritishGP</a>

Russell was quick to check on his fellow driver after the crash:

Sky Sports F1 @SkySportsF1

George Russell and Zhou Guanyu have been involved in a big crash!<br><br>Russell is fine and out of the car... though Zhou's car rolled over. Hopefully he's uninjured. <a href="https://t.co/TPcGbGk6cT">pic.twitter.com/TPcGbGk6cT</a>

The Englishman was not allowed to continue the race after getting out of his car. He discussed the incident on social media:

George Russell @GeorgeRussell63

First of all, the most important thing is that Zhou is ok. That was a scary incident and all credit to the marshals and medical team for their quick response.<br><br>Obviously gutted to end the race this way and I'm sorry for the team and the fans. Cheering LH on from the garage. ๐Ÿ‘Š

Russell has been one of the most consistent drivers in F1 this year, earning a top-five finish in each of the first nine events. He ranked fourth in the driver standings entering Sunday.

Zhou ranked 16th and will earn a DNF for the fourth time this year, although the 23-year-old was coming off the best showing of his rookie season with an eighth-place finish in the Canadian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Alexander Albon, 17th in the standings, was also involved in the crash and was forced to retire from the race. Albon, competing in his home race, and Zhou were both brought to the medical center after the collision and were conscious at the time, per the FIA.

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