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Pierre Gasly's onboard footage captured the horrifying moment Zhou Guanyu's car was flipped upside down in a shocking start to the British Grand Prix.
In the opening lap at Silverstone, Gasly, in his attempt to squeeze through a small gap, appeared to clip George Russell's rear left tyre and that caused the Mercedes driver to collide with Zhou.
The Chinese driver took the brunt of the crash and ended up flipping over completely in some terrifying scenes.
At first replays were not shown until it was communicated that Zhou, who had ended up trapped near the barriers, was conscious.
He was removed the vehicle and stretchered away to be taken to a medical facility, where he was conscious and ended up being released after a positive evaluation.
But a clip from Gasly's perspective, shows just how lucky Zhou was as his vehicle somersaulted in the air and toppled over at a sickening impact.
A red flag was signalled after just 21 seconds - with Russell, Zhou and Alex Albon forced to retire from the race.
Russell received widespread praise for a brilliant act of sportsmanship as immediately after the crash, he abandoned his car and without hesitation, darted over to the Alfa Romeo driver.
Russell was unable to build on an excellent run which has seen him secure five top five finishes in a row but the wellbeing of his fellow driver was more important to him.
In a promising update, Zhou took to Twitter to tell fans he was doing well and thanked everyone for messages of support.
I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages! pic.twitter.com/OylxoJC4M0— 周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu 🇨🇳 (@ZhouGuanyu24) July 3, 2022
Even with some strange calls from his team, spaniard Carlos Sainz of Ferrari won the race, securing his first ever Formula One win, with Sergio Perez coming second and Lewis Hamilton completing the podium.
Mick Schumacher, driving for Haas, secured the first points of his career after finishing eighth.
Featured Image Credit: Image: Sky Sports
Topics: Formula 1
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