Reflecting on the horrific crash at Silverstone
By: Jake Rajala
The 23-year-old Alfa Romeo driver, Zhou Guanyu had a romantic outcome at the Canadian Grand Prix — as he finished in eighth place. Unfortunately, Guanyu endured serious adversity at the British GP. As shown across the globe, Zhou collided with George Russell and Alex Albon and was then airborne over the barrier.
He clearly cheated death and came away with a scratch from the incident. Zhou is even dumbstruck that he walked away from the incident. Per The Guardian, Zhou stated, “I don’t know how I survived”. He elaborated about the incident, “It wasn’t hurting but it was very cold on the left-hand side, so I didn’t know if it was blood and I wasn’t feeling any more or something. I was just making sure about if the engine caught on fire because in that position you are really stuck”. He also was in awe of the spot he was squashed in. Per Sky Sports, he stated, “I was waiting for them to flip my car over because I didn’t know how I was stuck between the barriers and the fence.
Luckily, Zhou didn’t transcend into a pretzel from the incident and it’s beyond incredible that the F1 technology (particularly the Halo) has evolved throughout the F1’s existence.
Zhou’s partner Valtteri Bottas also didn’t have an exciting outcome at the British GP: 17th/DNF. Nonetheless, he hasn’t lost faith in his clan. After six months on the team, he’s confident that they can have success — yet, he’s firm that Alfa Romeo will need to be authentic. Per GP Fans, Bottas stated, “I truly believe it is possible because it is the same budget for everyone, then it is about being innovative. If you are able to think outside the box sometimes when others haven’t, then it is possible but that really needs outside the box thinking mentally from the team”.