In a momentous Grand Prix at the legendary Silverstone, it was Carlos Sainz who could celebrate victory.
However, it was not the Spaniard’s first win that became the focus after the race.
Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou was lucky to recover from the race alive.
– Today, hello saved Zhou’s life. He is a true F1 hero, wrote British TV personality Nick Knowles on Twitter.
The protagonist himself agrees.
– I’m fine, everything’s fine. Hello saved me today. Thanks for all the nice messages, he wrote on Twitter shortly after the race.
The halo is a protective bar or safety cage shape used in Formula 1 and in other formula cars, and consists of a bar that protects the driver’s head in the event of a crash.
It was introduced permanently in 2018, and has since become an important security measure.
– Saved his life
It was dramatic from the first moment at the legendary Great Britain Grand Prix on Sunday. Already after the first turn, the race was stopped due to a dramatic collision.
Zhou’s words ended in reverse after the accident that befell as many as five drivers.
George Russell, Alexander Albon, Esteban Ocon, Yuki Tsunoda, and Zhou were all involved, but Zhou was the worst hit.
The Chinese were sent into the air, and landed upside down. The car drove forward, and ended up at the fence next to the track.
Finally there are reports that the Alfa Romeo driver survived, but a few years ago the results could have been very different were it not for the controversial, but vital “hello”.
Running on the radio
Max Verstappen appeared to have complete control early in the race after taking the lead from Carlos Sainz, who started from “pole position”. However, in the 13th round, something went wrong with the Dutch coach.
Car problems meant that Ferrari’s two drivers Sainz and Charles Leclerc could easily reclaim the lead. Then the reigning world champion became angry.
– The car is 100% damaged, Verstappen shouted to his team.
With Verstappen absent, this looks like a dream day for Ferrari. Sainz and Leclerc ruled alone at the peak for a long time.
However, panic began to spread after Lewis Hamilton signed up.
The internal bickering between Sainz and Leclerc gave Hamilton a golden opportunity to engage in a battle for victory.
Unfortunately for England, the slow stop depot put the stick in the wheel for a winning attempt for the Mercedes driver.
With 12 rounds remaining, the drama flared up again. Esteban Ocon stopped in the middle of the field after the car crashed. So, the safety car had to come out again. Sainz and Hamilton went in to change tires, while race leader Leclerc didn’t use old hard tires. Then joked for a monegasque victory.
– It’s going to be tough, he radioed to his team.
That too, and it wasn’t long before Leclerc got off the table.
Nevertheless, his teammate Sainz managed to bring victory ashore. Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez was second, while Hamilton slipped past Leclerc in the butt to take third. The latter ended up in fourth place after appearing in complete control for a long time.
– Vamos, good job. Yes, said Sainz calmly on the team radio after he finished.
Pile in ugly crash
Dennis Hauger was involved in a similar incident to Zhou on Sunday morning. Roy Nissany pushed the Norwegian off the field early in the race. As the Aurskog boy was about to return to the track, the car jumped because he was driving on the edge of the track.
The Prema driver lands on top of the Nissany, and without the halo, there can be fatal consequences for the Nissany.
– Hello definitely saved Nissany’s life today. 100%, writes Formula 1 journalist Chris Medland.
Both Nissany and Hauger came out of the incident unscathed. The former was blamed for the crash, and after the race, Hauger was furious.
– Headless situation. Other drivers have been involved in many dangerous situations and many accidents. This is not good at all. He is known to be very aggressive. “It’s fine to a point, but when it comes to the health of other drivers or himself, and that’s been going on for a number of years, it’s not good at all,” said Hauger after the race.
The race ended a disappointing weekend for Hauger which ended with 0 points in summary. Thus, he is number 10 in the overall table.
Great Britain Grand Prix, Silverstone
|2||11||Sergio Perez||RBPT RACING RED BULL||52||+ 3,779 seconds||18|
|3||44||Lewis Hamilton||MERCEDES||52||+ 6,225 seconds||15|
|4||16||Charles Leclerc||FERRARI||52||+ 8,546 seconds||12|
|5||14||Fernando Alonso||RENAULT ALPINE||52||+ 9.571 seconds||10|
|6||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREEN MERCEDES||52||+ 11.943 seconds||8|
|7||1||Max Verstappen||RBPT RACING RED BULL||52||+18,777 seconds||6|
|8||47||Mick Schumacher||HAAS FERRARI||52||+ 18,995 seconds||4|
|9||5||Sebastian Vettel||ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES||52||+ 22,356 seconds||2|
|10||20||Kevin Magnussen||HAAS FERRARI||52||+ 24,590 seconds||1|
|11||18||Lance walks||ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES||52||+26,147 seconds||0|
|12||6||Nicholas Latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||52||+32,511 seconds||0|
|13||3||Daniel Ricciardo||MCLAREEN MERCEDES||52||+ 32,817 seconds||0|
|14||22||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI RBPT||52||+ 40,910 seconds||0|
|NC||31||Esteban Ocon||RENAULT ALPINE||37||DNF||0|
|NC||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI RBPT||26||DNF||0|
|NC||77||Valtteri Bottas||ALFA ROMEO FERRARI||20||DNF||0|
|NC||24||Zhou Guanyu||ALFA ROMEO FERRARI||0||DNF||0|
|NC||23||Alexander Albon||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||0||DNF||0|
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