British Grand Prix descends into chaos as protesters enter the track following huge crash

The British Grand Prix had been halted following a huge crash during the opening lap

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The FIA have confirmed that several protesters attempted to breach the Silverstone track following a huge crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.

Rookie Guanyu Zhou has been stretchered away from the incident.
Rookie Guanyu Zhou has been stretchered away from the incident.

The race had been halted as a result of a huge crash which saw drivers Guanyu Zhou and Alex Albon taken to a medical centre.

They said in a statement: “We also confirm that after the red flag, several people attempted to enter the track.

The driver has been seen in the paddock since the incident.
The driver has been seen in the paddock since the incident.

“These people were immediately removed and the matter is now being dealt with by the local authorities.”

Chinese rookie Zhou was removed from his car and taken away on a stretcher.

Mercedes’ George Russell and Williams’ Alex Albon were also caught up in the alarming accident at Silverstone.

Russell was quickly out of his car after the incident.

A spokesperson for Formula One’s governing body said: “The FIA advises that following the start of the race, emergency crews were immediately in attendance and the drivers of car 23 (Albon) and car 24 (Zhou) have been taken to the medical centre.

“Both drivers were conscious and will be evaluated at the medical centre. Further updates will be given in due course.”

Meanwhile, pictures also emerged on social media of protestors storming the Northamptonshire circuit on the opening lap.

The FIA added: “We also confirm that after the red flag, several people attempted to enter the track. These people were immediately removed and the matter is now being dealt with by the local authorities.”