‘Halo’ devices save drivers in two separate horror crashes in F1 and F2 at Silverstone | british news

There were two horror crashes in Formula 1 and Formula 2 races today at Silverstone, with experts saying both could have been fatal without a life-saving “Halo” device.

Formula 2 drivers Roy Nissany and Dennis Hauger collided on the opening lap at Silverstone on Sunday morning, when Hauger’s car was launched over the “worst” curb and sent towards Nissany.

Hauger’s vehicle landed at high speed on top of its rival, before both cars came to a stop in the gravel.

Incredibly, both drivers escaped unscathed and televised replays showed that the Halo – the cockpit-mounted safety device introduced in Formula 1 and Formula 2 in 2018 – had saved Nissany’s life.

In the later Formula 1 race also held at Silverstone, Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu was involved in another crash on the first lap in which his car flipped several times at high speed and skidded upside down on the gravel on top. his Halo device.

Zhou’s car again went over a tire barrier before becoming wedged between the barrier and the fencing at the first turn, delaying extraction efforts.

The race was red flagged and George Russell, one of the drivers involved in the crash, ran to check on the Chinese driver.

Russell, who described it as “one of the scariest crashes I’ve ever seen”, was not allowed to return to the race because his Mercedes was returned to the pit lane while checking on Zhou.

Mercedes protested the call, but the FIA ​​didn’t flinch.

Zhou’s teammate Valtteri Bottas initially confirmed that his colleague was talking and was conscious and had not suffered any fractures.

Alfa Romeo stated that he had been released from the circuit’s medical center after checks.

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‘Life saved’ by F2 halo during crash

After the crash between Nissany and Hauger, F1 journalist Chris Medland tweeted: “The Halo definitely saved Nissany’s life. 100%.”

F1 commentator Tom Gaymor wrote: “Thank goodness for the Halo, again unequivocally the savior.”

The Halo is a protective barrier that helps prevent large objects and debris from entering the cockpit of a single-seat race car.

It has proved controversial with critics saying it spoils the “purity” of a one-seat, open-cockpit racing car.

Some have also argued that it can get in the way if a driver has to get out of the car quickly. In practice this does not appear to be a problem.

Lewis Hamilton de Halo for saving him after being involved in a crash during the 2021 Italian Grand Prix with fierce rival Max Verstappen.

Verstappen’s Red Bull car was sent out of control and sent mid-air into Hamilton’s path, with the right rear wheel crushing the top of the Briton’s Mercedes.

Afterwards, Hamilton said: “I feel very, very happy today. Thank God for the Halo that saved me and saved my neck.”

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