Zhou escaped from a horrifying crash simply after the beginning at Silverstone when he was flipped over on the run away from the lights.
His Alfa Romeo skidded the other way up alongside the asphalt circuit earlier than skipping throughout a gravel lure and rolling over a tyre barrier at Abbey.
Whereas F1’s security constructions ensured Zhou didn’t endure any accidents within the accident, a key focus of the FIA’s investigation into the occasions will possible give attention to the truth that his roll construction broke within the preliminary influence.
Alfa Romeo is alone in running a blade solution rather than a hoop for its roll structure, however the FIA’s crash check calls for be sure that all vehicles have to resist the identical quantity of forces.
Presently, the necessities of the first rollover construction are to maintain masses equal to 60kN laterally, 70kN longitudinally and 105kN vertically.
In line with Alfa Romeo group principal Fred Vasseur, Zhou’s smashing the other way up in to the monitor – which left an extended gouge within the floor – was past double the pressure.
Requested by Autosport concerning the newest on his understanding of the crash, Vasseur mentioned: “It is nonetheless beneath investigation, and we share all of the details about the crash with the FIA.
“The primary consideration is that the crash was one thing like two occasions greater than the load of the crash check. It means, and I do not know when you take a look at the tarmac, however we dug a groove into the tarmac, for one thing like 4 or 5 centimetres.
“So it does not matter the extent of the crash check, you’ll be able to at all times discover one thing a bit greater. For certain, we’ll need to take motion on our aspect and with the FIA to see how we are able to enhance the security.”
However whereas there are at all times enhancements that may be made to raised take care of drivers, Vasseur says that he’s grateful for sure different facets – like the weather that prevented there being a hearth.
“On the finish of the day, I need to keep Positive that, after an enormous crash, nothing occurred,” he mentioned.
“You may’t think about additionally what may very well be the result if we did not have a [cut off] on the automotive. I feel that because of the security choices, we had no gasoline leak on the automotive, as a result of this is able to have been the worst-case situation.”
In addition to Zhou being unhurt within the accident, Vasseur mentioned he was equally impressed with the angle proven by the Chinese language racer in switching his focus nearly immediately to getting again behind the wheel nearly instantly after the incident.
“He got here again to the storage one hour after the crash when he was launched from the medical centre, and he had completely nothing,” added Vasseur.
“The primary query was concerning the inventory of components for Spielberg, So after a few days, when you concentrate on this, that’s simply unimaginable to have so enormous a crash and to return again into the storage with nothing, and be targeted on the following one. It’s unbelievable.
“I feel on this, it’s because of the FIA and due to the security standards. I used to be not the most important fan of the halo in the beginning, however I used to be improper.”
Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C42 crashes at begin of race
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