Carlos Sainz has hailed the halo safety tool after a dramatic day at Silverstone, claiming it “saved two lives” following Zhou Guanyu’s huge crash within the F1 race and Dennis Hauger and Roy Nissany’s F2 collision.
There have been two harrowing crashes on Sunday at the British GP.
At the start of the F1 showpiece, Zhou’s Alfa Romeo changed into flipped the other way up at 160mph at the primary bend before skidding throughout the gravel and over the tyre barrier, into the trap fencing.
Earlier in F2 support race, Hauger’s automobile landed on top of Nissany’s.
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Incredibly, all drivers concerned have been unhurt, however both the incidents ought to have killed drivers without the halo, which sits on top of the cockpits and was first brought onto cars – to a whole lot criticism over aesthetics – in 2018.
“We on occasion criticise the FIA [F1’s governing body] however you need to offer it to them, how lots they have been assisting us,” stated Ferrari motive force Sainz, the eventual British GP winner. “They’ve stored probably lives.
“We want to present it to them, [for] the first rate paintings in protection.”
Zhou’s automobile ended up lodged on its aspect close to spectators however he become aware in the course of the crash before he changed into stretchered to health facility, wherein he changed into given the all-clean. He back to the paddock afterward Sunday.
“When I noticed it, I become absolutely stunned,” explained Sainz. “It changed into terrific. The truth he got here out of it… is crazy. I discover it first rate that you may pop out of it.”
Zhou also posted on social media on Thursday that the halo ‘stored me’.
The halo has been credited with saving many other lives, with Lewis Hamilton praising it after his crash with Max Verstappen on the 2021 Italian GP, and Charles Leclerc following the carnage on the start of the Belgian GP in 2018.Perez: We should not talk about driver revenue cap now
Zhou turned into hit by means of George Russell, who in flip changed into nudged by using Pierre Gasly, to spark off his horrifying crash on Sunday, at the same time as Hauger become forced off course by using Nissany before launching into the air by way of a sausage kerb, lower back on top of him.
Nissany has been handed a five-place grid drop for the next race.
Sergio Perez finished 2d inside the British GP and said he was “shocked” with the aid of the Zhou twist of fate, which led to a lengthy purple flag before the race restarted with every other status start.
“It’s been some time for the reason that we saw such an twist of fate like that,” stated the Mexican. “It’s hard to look that and to try to delete it to your mind and focus on what you need to do.
“Well accomplished to FIA because we have come an extended manner.”
Perez additionally said it need to stop speculation over placing a cap on driver salaries.
“We are the ones putting all of the chance accessible, giving a display,” said Perez. “So I don’t suppose it is an awesome factor to be speakme about that transferring forwards. The maximum crucial aspect nowadays is no one were given hurt.”
(c) Sky Sports 2022: Carlos Sainz says FIA’s halo ‘saved two lives’ at Silverstone after Zhou Guanyu, Roy Nissany crashes