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Lando Norris

Norris calls for change after horror crash: Something needs to be done

There were two frightening incidents on track over the British Grand Prix weekend, with Zhou Guanyu's huge crash in the F1 race following on from an earlier collision in Formula 2. In light of this, Lando Norris thinks that further changes should be made.

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Lando Norris has called for changes to be made following two scary on-track incidents over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend.

The F1 race was red-flagged moments after getting underway after a huge crash for Zhou Guanyu, during which the Alfa Romeo flipped upside down and went into the barriers, before bouncing over the tyre barriers and becoming lodged between the barrier and the catch fencing.

Fortunately, after being sent to the medical centre, Zhou was later confirmed to be okay.

This followed on from a frightening collision in the Formula 2 Feature Race between Roy Nissany and Dennis Hauger. Hauger was forced off track by Nissany at Vale and flew over the sausage kerbs, prompting his car to land on top of Nissany's.

Both cars ended up in the gravel trap. The Halo protected Nissany's head from the impact, and both drivers walked away unharmed. Nissany has since been handed a five-place grid drop for the next race for causing the incident.

Norris: Something needs to be done

Some drivers have previously voiced concerns about the usage of sausage kerbs.

Following the incidents at Silverstone, Norris was asked whether they should be banned, to which he told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Yep.

"I think we've mentioned it several times. Every now and then, you maybe have a year where you get away with it and nothing happens, and everyone's like, 'Oh, it's okay'.

"But you have freak accidents. What you saw in the last corner in F2, it can happen, even when you least expect it.

"I think the Halo genuinely did save someone's life again today, [which is] good to see. But yeah, something needs to be done.

"It's always hard because, whatever kerb is there, if you've got a guy coming to t-bone you, no matter what height you're at, it's never a good thing.

"But the way that they kind of get smashed up into the air and launched in the air, it probably comes out worse that way than if it was just a pure side impact, in some circumstances."

How Norris handled red flag after Zhou crash

In the Formula 1 race, proceedings were halted for nearly an hour following Zhou's crash.

When asked by RacingNews365.com how he dealt with the red flag period after the huge incident, Norris admitted that it is never an easy thing to go through.

"It's really never something you want to watch," the McLaren driver said.

"I think it's always important to look at everything at the same time, just because you want to know what happened, what goes on. You want to know all those little bits of information, as much as you don't at the same time.

"Because you always think very closely that it could be you in that position. Zhou was just an unfortunate bystander in the incident, he did nothing wrong. So it's a tough one.

"I guess it's also the risks we sign up to, and we know can happen every now and then, as much as we never want to happen.

"So you just try and you look at it, you analyse it, you feel bad, for sure, but then you have to get on with your job. You put your helmet on and you crack on.

"It goes away [when you put the visor down]. You have to clear it [from your head], I think. If you think about it, and it's messing with your mind, you're losing performance from it if you're thinking about something else."

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