A FORMULA 2 driver has survived a life-threatening crash at Silverstone after a car landed on him in a horrific collision.
Dennis Hauger’s car was launched into the air after hitting a curb on lap two of this morning’s F2 race.
He then flew into Roy Nissany, where the Israeli driver miraculously appeared to avoid being injured despite the impact.
Motorsport fans thank the halo for saving Nissany, with the safety device built into the cockpit to protect the driver’s head.
Nissany had battled Hauger for position before last season’s F3 champion slid onto the curb and was launched into the air.
Dramatic photos show Hauger landing on top of Nissany at high speed, but both drivers luckily walked away from the crash.
The incident occurred at the end of lap two at Vale’s penultimate corner.
The incident triggered the safety car as Silverstone officials rushed to check on the wellbeing of the two drivers.
Both cars were too damaged in the high-speed collision to continue and had to be cleared.
Hauger was the F3 champion last season and is a junior driver at Red Bull.
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In a disappointing qualifying session on Friday, he started today’s feature race in 13th place, with Nissany two places ahead of him.
The crash happened as the two battled for track position and made repeated attempts to get ahead of each other as the race entered its third lap.
When the race got going again, it was eventually won by Carlin’s Logan Sargeant.
In the wake of the collision, fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the halo.
The safety mechanism has been activated before and credited with saving drivers’ lives.
The best example of recent times is Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash in Bahrain in 2020 that split his car in two.
A crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton last season also left the Red Bull driver on top of the Briton, with the halo again deemed crucial to protecting Hamilton.