All clear after starting accident at Silverstone

A serious accident on the first lap of the British Grand Prix caused a moment of shock and an almost hour-long interruption. Five cars were significantly involved in the pile-up, the Chinese Zhou Guanyu was hardest hit, whose Alfa Romeo flew off at high speed.

The world automotive association FIA gave the all-clear almost 20 minutes after the crash. Rescue workers were “immediately on site” and brought Zhou and Williams driver Alexander Albon to the medical center. “Both drivers were conscious and are being examined,” it said.

A good hour later, another all-clear: “No major injuries” were found. Zhou was declared fit less than three hours after his accident, and Albon was taken to Coventry hospital by helicopter “as a precaution”.

Also involved were George Russell (Mercedes), Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri). These pilots were fine. Ocon and Tsunoda were able to continue their journey and took part in the restart.

Climate activists, who, according to the FIA, had got onto the track in the first lap, caused another stir. “These people were removed immediately, and the matter is now being dealt with by the local authorities,” the world association said.

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