Formula One

Zhou Guanyu crash at 2023 Dutch GP: The accident that brought out the red flag

A Zhou Guanyu crash interrupted the race in Zandvoort.
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A Zhou Guanyu crash that brought out the red flag in the Dutch Grand Prix on lap 65 of 72, as the Chinese driver lost control of his car in rainy conditions at Zandvoort.

The Alfa Romeo driver was having a very busy race, as he was amongst the action for most of it. After a bold and very successful call to pit for intermediate tyres at the end of the first lap, Zhou was running up to second just moments later. Inevitably, he dropped down the order, as he was running around fifteenth later on.

It all got even worse later on, as a second shower arrived towards the end of the race. This one was much heavier than the one early on in the race, so plenty of drivers had issues in the flooded track surface.

Zhou Guanyu crash: The video

As a result, although Zhou made a stop to fit intermediate tyres on his car, he could do nothing to avoid a heavy crash at Turn 1. His Alfa Romeo aquaplaned and as a result his front wheels locked up. He could do nothing to steer or slow his car down and hit the wall head on at great speed. He is okay though, as he walked away from his car with no apparent issues.

Despite him being the only driver to suffer a heavy impact in the shower that hit the track in the closing stages of the race, plenty of drivers made errors at the same spot in those very wet conditions. Sergio Perez spun and lost second place to Fernando Alonso, while Lewis Hamilton, Yuki Tsunoda and Valtteri Bottas were a few others that went wide at the first corner.

As a result, the red flags were out and the race was interrupted on lap 65 of 72. The race resumed about forty minutes later. At the time of the accident, Max Verstappen was leading from Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton, so they restarted in that order.

This was not the first accident in the race, as Logan Sargeant also crashed heavily. The American lost control of his car at Turn 8 and impacted the wall. The American was also fine in terms of health, but a safety car intervention was needed for the track to be cleaned up.

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