The Silverstone Circuit has confirmed to Formula1News.co.uk that no fans were harmed during the scary incident involving Zhou Guanyu at the British Grand Prix.
At the start of the race, George Russell and Pierre Gasly collided, sending the Mercedes into the back of the Alfa Romeo, flipping the car upside-down and into the gravel trap, where it dug in and flew over the top of the barrier and into the fence behind it.
While that was going on, Williams’ Alex Albon braked to avoid the chaos happening in front of him, and he was hit by Sebastian Vettel as a result, sending him spearing off into the barrier.
The Thai-British driver then slid back across the circuit and into the path of Esteban Ocon, with whom he suffered a heavy crash, before hitting Yuki Tsunoda and coming to a halt.
As Zhou’s car slid on its halo and roll hoop, it sent stones and dust flying into the grandstand behind the fencing as fans ran and took cover to try and avoid the sharp, hard objects being dispensed in their direction.
The protective fence at Abbey did its job well, and no one was hit by Zhou’s car.
However, we were concerned as to whether anyone has sustained any injuries as a result of the gravel being kicked up in their direction, so Silverstone confirmed to Formula1news.co.uk that “everyone is absolutely fine,” adding that it is “quite amazing” that Zhou was unharmed too after a “bad crash.”
The Chinese driver took to social media to confirm that he is okay after his terrifying accident.
“Hi everyone! Thank you all for the kind messages,” he said.
“I want to thank the marshals and the medical team at Silverstone, they were really fantastic. I’m keener than ever to get back on track, see you guys in Austria!”
Albon was also taken to Coventry Hospital to be given a once over, and he too is okay and ready to go for the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.