ZHOU Guanyu admits he stopped watching videos of his horror Silverstone crash while trying to forget it.
In his 2022 rookie season, the Alfa Romeo driver has already endured one of the most shocking crashes in Formula 1.
The Chinese rookie’s car flipped over and crashed into a tire barrier at the British Grand Prix two months ago.
Miraculously and thanks to the halo, he was able to walk away unharmed and posted a picture on Instagram to calm fans’ nerves.
Speaking on the Pitstop podcast on Spotify, Zhou, 23, says he remembers “exactly what happened, the whole start until I reached the fence”.
He explained: “It wasn’t pretty, especially the last few seconds where I knew the car wasn’t stopping and you were going to hit something big.
“I prayed that everything would be okay. When I stopped I made sure my legs and arms were still okay and not broken more severely.”
Remarkably, F1 legend Michael Schumacher broke his right leg at the 1999 British Grand Prix after suffering a 210 km/h crash on the circuit.
Shockingly, Zhou reveals that even after the massive impact, the car was still started.
He added: “I actually turned the car off myself because the car was still running with the engine for some reason. I had a feeling something was leaking and I knew if I caught fire it wouldn’t be an easy situation as I’m reversing.”
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The last time a car caught fire after an accident was in Bahrain in 2020 when Romain Grosjean suffered a 67G impact against a barrier, causing his car to burst into flames.
Incredibly, when asked how he handled the crash, Zhou claimed, “It felt pretty good from my side.”
He said: “As your career gradually progresses, you face quite a lot of difficulties, including some falls. But let’s just say that was definitely the biggest fall I’ve ever had.”
The accident currently has 4.7 million views on YouTube, but the driver reveals he’s already trying to forget about it.
He added: “I’m trying to forget what happened. I stopped watching videos from Sunday [after the race] since my crash, because of course it’s been around the world and on the internet.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6272162/f1-star-zhou-guanyu-silverstone-crash/ ‘I’m trying to forget’ – F1 star Zhou Guanyu won’t watch horror crash at Silverstone and reveals he feared for his limbs