In the moments following the serious accident that occurred a Guanyu Zhouthe international direction of F1 resumed for a few moments George Russell – also involved in the start carom – intent on getting out of the cockpit of his Mercedes to run in the direction of the Chinese driver, in order to lend help to the marshals who intervened to help the Alfa Romeo standard bearer. The gesture of the British reminded what he did Ayrton Senna thirty years ago, the author of an even more heroic and memorable action that took place during free practice on 1992 Belgian Grand Prix.
On that occasion, the late Brazilian driver came just seconds away from the terrible impact he saw as the unfortunate protagonist. Erik Comas at the Blanchimont curve, with the French driver who lost consciousness after the violent collision. In the absence of rescuers, and especially with Comas’ foot dangerously stuck on the accelerator pedal – with the serious and involuntary risk of the Renault engine exploding due to the high rpm reached by the engine – Senna parked his McLaren on board. track, getting out of the car to help the colleague. In all this, the Brazilian endangered his own safety, running in the opposite direction to the oncoming cars but managing to save the life of Comas, who soon returned to compete until the 1994 San Marino GP, the weekend in which Senna died after the accident at the Tambourine.
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Thirty years after the events of Spa-Francorchamps, and with even more reassuring results, the Mercedes he wanted to publicly praise Russell’s gesture through his Twitter profile, defining himself “Proud” of its pilot and reporting the statements of the latter: “The most important thing is that Zhou is okay. It was a frightening accident, and credit must be given to the marshals and the medical team for their quick intervention. Obviously I am sorry to have finished the race in this way, and I apologize to the teams and the fans. However, it is nice to see Lewis still on the podium: we are making progress ”.
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