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F1 pilot Zhou comes back to horror crash for the first time: “I was hanging upside down and felt something leak. I didn’t know if it was blood or oil from the car.”


The images were terrifying, the crash of Guanyu Zhou during the British GP. Barely a week later, the 23-year-old Alfa Romeo Chinese driver is mentally and physically ready for the Austrian Grand Prix. “No, it didn’t make me sick to see the footage.”

Maarten Vanhoof

The incident happened just a few hundred meters after the start. Due to a collision, Zhou’s car started spinning, ended up on its head, slid upside down into the gravel pit and started spinning. The Chinese eventually came to a stop against the fence. (Read more below the video)

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“When the car turned upside down, I first tried to take my hand off the steering wheel because I was afraid I would break my wrist,” Zhou relives the crash. “Then I waited for a hard blow. As I rolled over on the ground with my car, I knew there was going to be a huge bang. So I tried to maneuver myself into as safe a position as possible to catch it. I tried to make sure I wouldn’t fly around. When the car stopped, I didn’t know where I was. I was hanging upside down and felt something leaking. I didn’t know if it was blood from my body or oil from the car, so I turned off the engine because it was still running.”

It is striking that Zhou soberly talks about the accident. It doesn’t seem to have changed the Chinese. I’m glad there’s another race right away this weekend,” he says. “I would have hated it if there was a summer break so soon after such an event, for example. I didn’t ask for mental help and I immediately looked back at the crash on Sunday. No, it didn’t make me sick to see the footage.”

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