October 4, 2022

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Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz won a Formula 1 race for the first time in 150 starts on Sunday, winning a British Grand Prix that featured a scary crash on the first lap and a wild finish at the end.

“Yes! We did! Yes! ¡Vamos!” the 27-year-old shouted over the radio after crossing the finish line.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was 3.779 seconds behind Sainz at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Lewis Hamilton, driving for Mercedes, finished third, taking a place on the British Grand Prix podium for the 13th time in his storied career.

Fifteen seconds into the race, the Alfa Romeo driven by rookie Zhou Guanyu was involved in a collision at Turn 1 which caused it to fly upside down on the gravel and land in a heap near the fence catch. A red flag slowed the race as workers cleared Zhou, who was later cleared by medical staff and credited the car’s halo – essentially a roll bar – with saving him.

“There are no broken bones,” his team said. “Given the circumstances, he is doing quite well.” Zhou was evaluated and released from the circuit medical center.

Sharing a smiling photo, Zhou offered an update on Twitter. “I’m fine, everything is clear. Halo saved me today. Thank you all for your kind messages!”

Zhou’s car skidded on the gravel and flipped over the catch fence, ending up upside down after a collision involving, among others, George Russell of Mercedes, who immediately left his car and sprinted towards the Zhou’s car. Zhou was eventually removed from class on a stretcher in an ambulance.

Russell, who received mechanical assistance after the accident, was also out of the race.

“First of all, the most important thing is that Zhou is fine,” Russell tweeted. “It was a scary incident and all credit goes to the marshals and the medical team for their quick response. Obviously gutted to finish the race this way and I’m sorry for the team and the fans. Applause [teammate Lewis Hamilton] from the garage.

Alex Albon of Williams and Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri were also involved in the crash. Both drivers sought treatment at the medical center and Albon, whose car hit the wall, was taken to hospital for further evaluation. Zhou and Russell left the race. Esteban Ocon and Yuki Tsunoda, also involved in the affair, were repaired and returned to the grid.

Onboard video showed Gasly trying to move into a space between Zhou and Russell, who moved to the left. Gasly’s right forward touched Russell’s left-back, sending the latter’s Mercedes into Zhou’s car.

Zhou is the first Chinese driver to compete in Formula 1.

Sainz’s chances seemed to fade when he followed a team order to allow teammate Charles Leclerc through at some point. But a late safety car restart gave Sainz the win as Perez, Hamilton and Leclerc battled behind him for second place. Leclerc finished fourth.

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Hamilton looked well placed until the safety car was deployed and he lost position to Perez on the restart.

“I gave it my all today. I was trying to chase those Ferraris. Kudos to Carlos; in the end I was in that battle, but those guys were just too quick on the straights for us today. today,” Hamilton said on Sky Sports’ post-race telecast. “We lost some time in the pit stops and then I chased and chased, but the pace was good on both relay.”

Hamilton has now had two consecutive podiums. “It’s a huge bonus for us to be on the podium,” he said. “I’m glad everyone was safe from the big crash at the start. But we will keep pushing, trying and giving everything we can.

Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver who is the reigning Formula 1 champion and current leader of the standings, fell off the lead after his car rolled over debris. He finished seventh.

Formula 1 officials said several fans tried to enter the track after the early crash. “We can confirm that after the red flag several people attempted to enter the track,” the organization told the BBC. “These people were immediately evicted and the matter is now being handled by the local authorities.”