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Why George Russell jumped out of F1 car after Zhou Guanyu’s wreck

Why George Russell jumped out of F1 car after Zhou Guanyu's wreck

George Russell after the wreck of Zhou Guanyu during the British Grand Prix.

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The opening lap of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix saw two separate multi-car wrecks that sent one driver to hospital for “precautions” and another slid down the track and gravel before rolling into the fence.

Pierre Gasly shot in between Zhou Guanyu and George Russell, but as the gap narrowed, the AlphaTauri driver pulled back. Gasly tapped Russell’s left rear wheel, causing the Mercedes to turn into Zhou.

The Afla Romeo flipped upside down and skidded across the track and gravel before rolling a ton over the guardrails. The trap gate in front of the grandstand is what stopped Zhou, the rookie’s car that fell into the space between the gate and the tire barrier.

Russell, meanwhile, was on track and saw this happen and jumped out of his Mercedes before sprinting over the gravel to Zhou. He quickly jumped on the barriers and waved to the marshals to come and help.

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