Jackie Stewart has admitted he thought Zhou Guanyu could have been killed in his horror crash at the British Grand Prix. Stewart has revealed he thought Zhou was a “dead man” while watching the race at home with his wife over the summer.
The three-time world champion thought it was not possible Zhou would walk away until he saw him exiting the car. The Scot has also praised F1 safety which he helped improve as director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) in the 1970s.
Speaking exclusively to Express Sport, Stewart explained: “We have a great sport. There’s run-off areas now. Look at the accident we had at Silverstone last year.
“I was watching that with Helen, my wife, at home and I said ‘he’s a dead man’. He couldn’t possibly be alive.
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Russell was also forced out of the race after deciding to jump out and help remove Zhou from the wreckage moments after the collision. The accident came just a year on from Max Verstappen’s high-speed crash with Lewis Hamilton at Copse corner.
After the race, Zhou also hinted he was lucky to have not lost his life in the shunt. He commented: “I don’t know how I survived. But then looking back obviously I saw the halo saved me.
“Once I stopped I didn’t know where I was because I was upside down and the next thing I felt was some leaking. I was not sure if it was from my body or from the car, so I just tried to switch the engine off. I knew if a fire started it would be difficult to get out.”