Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN had a difficult day at the British Grand Prix. Zhou Guanyu was the victim of a gigantic crash from which he emerged, thankfully, unscathed, while Valtteri Bottas retired with gearbox issues.
“I think we can all agree that the most important thing today is seeing Zhou come out of such a huge crash without any injury,” said Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN. “What we witnessed were dramatic scenes, and once again we have to thank the great improvements in safety spearheaded by the FIA and Formula 1 for a positive outcome. The work to improve safety in our sport is never done and today reminds us of just how important this is: Zhou is ok and fit to race in Austria next week, and this is the big victory of the day. Overall, we had a tough race in which we also lost Valtteri with a gearbox issue, when he was running in P8 and eyeing a really strong result. It’s a shame to miss out on the opportunity to score points, but this is racing. We can take comfort from the pace we showed while we were in the race: we can look with optimism to next week’s event in Austria.“
“It was a big crash and I’m glad I’m ok,“ stated Zhou Guanyu. “The marshals and the medical team at the track were fantastic with their quick response, and I also owe my thanks to the FIA and Formula 1 for all the work they have done, and they keep doing, to improve the safety of our cars: the Halo saved me today, and it goes to show that every step we take in improving our cars has real valuable results. I’m keener than ever to get back on track and do what I love: I’m fit and I’m looking forward to Austria next week.”