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Halo cockpit saved the life of Formula 1 driver Zhou Guanyu | Digital Trends Spanish


A true miracle was experienced last Sunday, July 3, at the British GP in Formula 1since the accident of Chinese pilot Zhou Guanyu could have ended in tragedy, if it were not for the protection provided by his halo cockpit.

The Halo is a partially enclosed titanium device that forms a protective shell around the cockpit of the race car.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Guanyu Zhou of Alfa Romeo and China and George Russell of Mercedes and Great Britain during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 03, 2022 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

“I’m fine, everything is clear. Halo saved me today,” Zhou tweeted on Sunday, along with a selfie. “Thank you all for the kind messages from her!”

Zhou was one of several drivers involved in the turn one crash, which saw his Alfa Romeo flip and skid across the track before crashing into the fence. The halo, which forms partial protection around the cockpit, spared Zhou from serious injury.

I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages! pic.twitter.com/OylxoJC4M0

—周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu 🇨🇳 (@ZhouGuanyu24) July 3, 2022

A CNN report on the accident completes the seriousness of what happened:

Zhou’s car ended up wedged between the tire barrier and the capture fence, who is there to protect the fans. The awkward nature of the car’s placement meant it took some time to extract.

Mercedes’ George Russell, who made contact with Zhou during the collision, immediately got out of his car once it stopped and ran to check on Zhou.

The rookie, who is the first Chinese driver in F1, was eventually photographed being carried out on a stretcher by emergency medical personnel and later given the go-ahead after being evaluated at the medical center.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Zhou Guanyu of China driving the (24) Alfa Romeo F1 C42 Ferrari crashes at the start of the race during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 3, 2022 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images)

The halo was originally designed by Mercedes-Benz Motorsports, but the FIA ​​took over the development process and began a round of testing in the fall. other designs were testedincluding a similar design proposal of the Red Bull Racing team and was finally established as a rule in Formula 1 in 2018.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: The wreckage of the car of Guanyu Zhou of Alfa Romeo and China during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 03, 2022 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

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