Yet denounced by Formula 1 purists and even some drivers of the time, the Halo saved two lives this weekend at the Silverstone circuit.
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The cars of drivers Guanyu Zhou, George Russell and Alexander Albon were involved in a spectacular accident that could have had catastrophic consequences.
This safety device fixed over the driver’s head, introduced by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) in 2018, once again proved its effectiveness during the terrible accident suffered on Sunday at the first lap of the British Grand Prix by the Chinese Guanyu. Zhou.
After a series of rolls, his Alfa Romeo slipped for a hundred meters before taking off and finishing its mad trajectory in a fence and then behind protective tires.
A few minutes later, we learned that Zhou had miraculously escaped unharmed.
Under the force of the impact, the roll bar located inside the air intake of his car had given way.
Guanyu Zhou’s car finished its insane swerve against a fence and then behind protective tires.
Without the Halo, Zhou probably would not have survived this spectacular detour. The main person concerned was also the first to recognize him on his return from the circuit’s medical center.
“It was a big accident, he said, and I’m glad I survived. The Halo saved me today and I am grateful to the authorities concerned who are making great efforts to improve the safety of the car. “
The day before, another still worrying accident marked the start of the Formula 2 event when a driver’s car climbed up to an opponent’s head height.
Without the Halo, one really wonders if Israeli Roy Nissany would still be alive. Fortunately, more fear than they give.
The sad memory of Jules Bianchi …
These events are also a reminder that motorsport will always remain a dangerous sport.
It was following Jules Bianchi’s fatal off-track accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix that the FIA decided to develop the famous Halo.
The young French driver would probably have survived if his car had been fitted with the Halo. Like Zhou’s Alfa Romeo, the roll cage was completely destroyed after his Marussia got stuck under a trackside tow truck.
Other pilots were luckier than him afterwards and have Halo to thank.
At the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was saved thanks to the Halo when a car touched his head at the start.
Who does not remember the terrible accident suffered by Romain Grosjean in Bahrain two years ago?
He was seen coming out of his burning car and cut in half. The halo saved his life.
And to think that the French driver was not one of the big supporters of this safety system when it was introduced!
Then, a collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at last year’s Italian Grand Prix made fear the worst when the Dutchman’s Red Bull overtook the seven-time world champion’s Mercedes.
Once again, the Halo has done its job.
Albon is discharged from the hospital
One of the other drivers involved in the accident at the start of the Silverstone Grand Prix, Alexander Albon, was discharged from the hospital.
His Williams was seen hitting hard on the pit wall after being rammed by Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.
Transported by helicopter to the hospital for preventive purposes, the Thai confirmed in the evening that he had not been injured and that he was looking forward to getting back behind the wheel in Austria next weekend.