'I try to forget' – F1 star Zhou Guanyu won't watch back horror Silverstone crash and reveals he feared for his limbs | The Sun
ZHOU Guanyu admits he' has stopped watching videos of his horror Silverstone crash as he tries to forget it.
In his 2022 rookie season, the Alfa Romeo driver has already endured one of the most shocking crashes in Formula 1.
The Chinese rookie's car was flipped over and and thrown into a tyre barrier at the British Grand Prix two months ago.
Miraculously, and thanks to the halo, he was able to walk away unharmed, posting a picture on Instagram to settle fans nerves.
In Pitstop Podcast on Spotify, Zhou, 23, says he remembers "exactly what happened, the whole start until I reached the fence".
He explained: "It wasn't nice, especially the last few seconds where I knew the car isn't stopping and you are hitting something huge.
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"I prayed everything would be OK. When I stopped I made sure my legs and arms were still fine and weren't majorly broken."
Notably, F1 legend Michael Schumacher broke his right leg at the British Grand Prix in 1999 after enduring a 130mph crash at the circuit.
Shockingly, Zhou reveals that the car was still left on even after the huge impact.
He added: "I actually switched off the car myself because for some reason the car was still running with the engine. I felt something was leaking and I knew if I caught on fire it wouldn't be an easy situation as I'm backwards."
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The last time a car caught on fire after a crash was in Bahrain 2020, when Romain Grosjean suffered a 67G crash into a barrier, which left his car engulfed in flames.
When asked how he dealt with the crash, Zhou unbelievably claimed "from my side it felt quite OK".
He said: "As your career gradually goes on, you face quite a lot of difficulty, some crashes as well. But, let's say that was definitely the biggest crash I've ever had."
The crash currently has 4.7 million views on YouTube, but the driver reveals he already is trying to forget it.
He added: "I try to forget what happened. I stopped watching videos from Sunday [after the race] onwards of my crash, because it was of course all over the world and internet."
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