Two Formula 2 drivers suffered a serious crash at Silverstone today (Sunday, July 3) after being rescued by the halo safety device.
After the cars of Roy Nissany and Dennis Hauger made brief contact as they both tried to move forward, Hauger was pushed off the track with a puncture in the right tire.
In turn, his car skidded and flew over the sausage curb, driving toward Israeli driver Nissany.
Unable to control his vehicle, the Norwegian star landed on top of Nissany and the two came to a stop in the gravel.
Amazingly, however, both drivers were unharmed in the incident, with Formula 2 later confirming they could have walked away from the ‘scary incident’.
The official Formula 2 account tweeted footage of the race: “Nissany and Hauger make contact as Hauger flies over the curb. Fortunately, both drivers are able to get out of their cars on their own.
“Constantly grateful and grateful for the advancements in safety in our sport. Both drivers ran away on their own.”
In the wake of the crash, many in the industry have praised the halo, a protective device used in racing that features a curved titanium bar wrapped around the driver’s head.
British driver Abbie Eaton tweeted: “When will people learn? We need to use a safer way to check the track limits. The halo is one of the best safety systems introduced, let’s move on to the track limit monitoring as well. Don’t wait for someone to get killed.”
When do people learn?
We need to use a safer way to check rail limits.
The halo is one of the best safety systems introduced, let’s also move on to track limit policing.
— Abbie Eaton (@AbbieEaton44) July 3, 2022
Motorsports journalist Will Buxton agreed: “Stupid sausage roll causes a terrible accident in F2. The halo that saves the day again. Sick accident… Very happy to see @RoyNissany walk away from it.”
F1 commentator Tom Gaymor also wrote: “Thank goodness for the Halo, again unequivocally the savior.”
While journalist Chris Medland added, “The Halo definitely saved Nissany’s life. 100%.”
Since 2018, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has made the halo mandatory in every vehicle in Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula 4, Formula Regional and Formula E.
Lewis Hamilton has credited the device with saving him after being involved in an equally dangerous crash at the Italian Grand Prix last year when Max Verstappen’s car spiraled out of control and flew into his rival’s path.
Hamilton said afterwards: “I feel very, very happy today. Thank God for the Halo that saved me and saved my neck.”