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George Russell has been praised for his reaction following the multi-car crash at the first corner of the British Grand Prix.
After several cars fought for the same piece of track after the lights went out, the Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu was flipped over and slid upside down at high speed across the gravel trap. The Mercedes of Russell was caught up in chaos, forcing him to stop outside the first corner. The British driver then quickly got out of his car and sprinted over to the Alfa Romeo to check on Zhou.
“Fair play to @GeorgeRussell63 for getting out to check in on Zhou immediately,” said one Twitter user while another added: “Respect for George Russell for getting out of the car and going straight to check out on Zhou. True gentleman.”
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A third said: “George Russell stopped to check if Zhou is okay. Professionalism and sportsmanship.” Another fan said: So sorry @GeorgeRussell63 about the DNF but you being safe and well is most important! You’ll come back stronger! Thankful everyone involved is ok.”
Another added: "George Russell is a hero and a true sportsman the first thing he did was sprint to check Zhou."
After F1 medical staff raced to scene, Zhou was trapped in the car for several minutes. But to the relief of everyone, it was announced the Chinese driver had been extracted from the car. He was taken away on a stretcher, but was said to be conscious and moving.
An FIA statement soon confirmed Zhou and Alexander Albon, who was involved in another incident were taken to the medical centre.
Both were conscious and were set to be evaluated at the medical centre.
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