Formula One driver Zhou Guanyu would not be alive today if it weren’t for the partially encapsulated titanium device that forms a protective layer around the cockpit of his racing car. Zhou credits the protective device, known as the halo, for saving his life after a horrific crash during the first lap of the British Grand Prix on Sunday, based on CNN.
“I’m fine, it’s all clear. Halo saved me today,” Zhou tweeted on Sunday, along with a selfie. “Thank you everyone for your kind messages!”
Zhou was among a number of drivers involved in a turn-around crash, who watched his Alfa Romeo overturn and slide across the track before crashing into a fence. The halo, which forms a partial protection around the cockpit, prevents Zhou from being seriously injured.
Based on CNN:
Zhou’s car was eventually inserted between the tire bar and the catch fence, which was there to protect the fans. The awkward nature of the placement took him a while to figure out.
Mercedes’ George Russell, who contacted Zhou during the collision, immediately got out of the car when it stopped and ran over to check on Zhou.
The rookie, who was the first Chinese driver in F1, was eventually carried away by emergency medical personnel and then everything was explained clearly after being evaluated at the medical center.
The halo, introduced by F1 in 2018, was initially resisted by some drivers – although some have claimed it saved their lives. Concept leaked in 2015, after the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson during a race when his head was hit by debris. (Several other F1 and IndyCar drivers have died in similar incidents.)
The halo was originally designed by Mercedes-Benz Motorsports, but the FIA took over development and began a round of testing in the fall. Other designs verifiedInclude similar design proposal from the Red Bull Racing team.
Since F1 is considered the most prestigious racing series, many have looked to it for the lead in the field, and in a way it has. F1 originally planned to introduce the halo cockpit to the sport in 2017, but The plan has been delayed, citing a “relatively short time frame” to make the request. Halos were finally introduced the following year. Formula E, the line of electric sports motorcycles, also including halo cockpit in its racing cars – including some LED accents.
The Halo Cockpit has attracted attention from some motorsport aficionados because of the way it can enhance aesthetics. But when you’re circling a hairpin at 200mph and a light touch on a bumper can send a race car spinning through the air, the halo can make the difference between life and death. death.