Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was 3.779 seconds behind Sainz at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England. Driving a Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton finished third, taking a place on the British Grand Prix for the 13th time in his career.
Fifteen seconds into the race, Alfa Romeo driven by rookie Zhou Guanyu was involved in a collision in the first turn that made it fly upside down through the gravel and land in a pile next to a fishing fence. A red flag slowed the race as workers ejected Cho, who was later cleared by medical staff and attributed the car’s aura — a round rod — to his rescue.
“There are no fractures,” his team said. “Given the circumstances, he’s fine.” Zhou was evaluated and released from the department’s medical center.
Cho’s car skidded across gravel and flipped over a fishing fence, ending upside down after a collision involving, among others, George Russell, the Mercedes driver, who immediately abandoned his car and sped towards Cho’s car. Chu was eventually taken off the course on a stretcher in an ambulance.
Russell, who received mechanical assistance after the accident, was also out of the race.
“First of all, the most important thing is that Zhou is fine,” tweeted. “It was a terrible accident and all credit to the keepers and the medical team for their quick response. Obviously the race ended this way and I’m sorry for the team and the fans. Cheers. [teammate Lewis Hamilton] from the garage.”
Alex Albon of Williams and Pierre Gasly of Alpha Torre also took part in the accident. The two drivers sought treatment at the medical center, and Albon, whose car crashed into a wall, was taken to hospital for further evaluation. Zhou Worsell dropped out of the race. Esteban Okun and Yuki Tsunoda, who were stuck in the case, made repairs and returned to the network.
A video clip on the plane showed Gasly trying to move into a gap between Zoe and Russell, who moved to the left. Gasley’s right front touched Russell’s left rear, sending the last Mercedes into Cho’s car.
Zhou is the first Chinese driver to compete in Formula 1.
Meanwhile, Sainz’s chances looked bleak as he followed team orders to allow teammate Charles Leclerc to pass at some point. But a late safe car restart allowed Sainz to win as Perez, Hamilton and Leclerc battled behind him for second. Leclerc finished fourth.
Hamilton looked in good shape until the safety car was deployed and lost his position to Perez in the restart.
“I gave him everything today, I was trying to chase those Ferraris. Congratulations Carlos, finally I was in that fight but these guys were too fast in the straight for us today,” Hamilton said in a broadcast on Sky Sports TV after the race. “We lost some time in the stops, and then I was chasing and chasing, but the pace was good on both missions.”
Hamilton now has two consecutive podium places. “This is a huge bonus for us to be on the podium,” he said. “I’m glad everyone was safe from the big crash at first. But we will keep pushing, trying and giving it everything we can.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the F1 champion and current leader, fell from the lead after his car overturned on a wreck. He took seventh place.
Formula 1 officials also said that many fans tried to invade the track after the accident. “We can confirm that after the red flag, several people tried to enter the track,” the organization told the BBC. “These people were removed immediately and the matter is now being dealt with by the local authorities.”
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