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Scary wreck halts start of British Grand Prix as one car slid upside-down and flipped over a barrier

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British Grand Prix Wreck
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  • A scary wreck on the first lap stopped the British Grand Prix.

  • Rookie F1 driver Zhou Guanyu appeared to tangle with George Russell and slid across the track upside-down.

  • Russell immediately left his car and ran to check on Guanyu who was taken away in an ambulance.

A scary wreck brought the British Grand Prix to a stop on the first lap.

Rookie F1 driver Zhou Guanyu of Alfa Romeo got tangled up with George Russell of Mercedes in the first corner at Silverstone after Russell was clipped by Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri.

Guanyu's car ended upside-down and slid across the track for a long distance before flipping over the tire barrier.

Guanyu was taken away in an ambulance. F1TV reported that he was conscious and moving and appeared to have avoided any serious injury.

A radio message to teammate Valtteri Bottas sounded optimistic about Guanyu's condition.

"Zhou is conscious," a team member told Bottas. "He is talking. There is no fractures, and considering the circumstances, he is pretty good."

British Grand Prix 2022 wreck
Zhou Guanyu still in his car after wreck at British Grand Prix.BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images

Guanyu's car was destroyed, but you can see that the halo around the driver's head did its job and is still intact.

British Grand Prix wreck Zhou Guanyu car.
Zhou Guanyu's car after wreck during British Grand Prix.Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

Here is an aerial view.

Russell got out of his car and immediately ran over to check on Guanyu.

George Russell British Grand Prix.
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Here is the original call on F1TV.

 

The crash ultimately knocked three drivers out of the race as Alex Albon of Williams also was caught up in the wreck. The race was red-flagged and stopped for nearly an hour.

 

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