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The Independent's pound-for-pound fighter list

UFC Rankings: The Independent's pound-for-pound fighter list - Here are our top ten male fighters in the UFC in a list that's updated monthly (Author: Gardener)

IndependentThe UFC is home to some of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world, so it's no surprise that fans often discuss how the elite fighters compare to one another. In addition to their weekly updated rankings for each weight class, the UFC has its own 15-name pound-for-pound rankings — as with any list for each division. Here, The Independent has compiled its own top 10 ranking for male UFC fighters, which is updated monthly. The Mexican has two ties in his last seven games but was certainly unbeaten in three and a half years until he returned the flyweight title to Deiveson Figueiredo in January, falling from 10th place on this list. In his previous fight, Moreno won the belt with a stunning submission from the incredibly dangerous Brazilian in June after beating him for the better part of two rounds. The Jamaican-American was mocked by some fans after winning the 2020 bantamweight title via disqualification when Petr Yan landed an illegal knee that left Sterling unable to continue. While Yan won the interim belt, Sterling was recovering from neck surgery and had to wait more than a year for his rematch against the Russian. With many predicting Sterling would suffer the loss he threatened to suffer when he first met Yan - and others hoping - he silenced some doubters and angered others by winning a close decision over his rival this April. That result gave the grappling specialist seven straight wins (including the DQ win over Yan) and earns Sterling our honorable mention. The former featherweight champion has lost four of his last seven bouts, although one of those losses have been at lightweight and one has been disputed point losses. Despite what recent results might suggest, the Hawaiian appears to be in his prime, excelling even in losses and putting on an intriguing performance in victories. Holloway moved into our top 10 at the expense of Moreno after the Mexican lost to Figueiredo at UFC 270, but he was eliminated after losing his trilogy fight with Alexander Volkanovski in July - the third loss of 30 years -year-olds against the man who dethroned him. Former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington (AFP via Getty Images) The former interim welterweight champion is easily the second-best 170lber in the world, behind only Kamaru Usman, who has retained his belt twice in the past two years against Covington. Covington responded to the latter of those losses by easily outing friend and rival Jorge Masvidal in March, and he climbed back into our top 10 when Holloway fell to UFC 276. Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor twice in 2021 before losing to Charles Oliveira (Getty Images) The American has suffered just two losses in the last six years - against all-time greatest lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov and against current top active lightweight Charles Oliveira. The "diamond" holds seven wins against five different former world champions in the sport, having beaten Conor McGregor twice in 2021 to improve on that tally. The first of those two wins against the Irishman marked the first KO loss of McGregor's career. Stipe Miocic holds the record for most successful UFC heavyweight title defense (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The consensus heavyweight GOAT, the part-time firefighter, holds the record for most successful title defense in the division — the heaviest weight class it composes a continuous run applies. The American traded the belt to Francis Ngannou and the Frenchman's insane knockout power from Cameroon in March 2021, but before that in Daniel Cormier he had back-to-back wins over one of the all-time greatests. The veteran also has a decision win over Ngannou, as well as victories over fellow UFC champions in Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum and Andrei Arlovski. Petr Yan is considered by many fans to be the true UFC Bantamweight Champion (Zuffa LLC). He went exactly five years undefeated until being disqualified while defending the bantamweight title against Sterling in the spring of 2021. In a fight, he looked well on his way to victory. The Russian responded by claiming the provisional gold by exposing Cory Sandhagen in a fight of the year contender. Was considered by many fans to be the true champion at 135 pounds despite his naïve foul against Sterling and some hold that view despite his loss to the Jamaican-American in their unification clash in April. The rematch was a hard fought affair, which Sterling won via split decision, although some fans felt the Russian had done enough to improve it. The Australian has only suffered defeat twice in the last eight years. Both losses came to the phenomenal Israel Adesanya, with Whittaker losing the middleweight belt by TKO to his rival in 2019 before dropping a controversial decision to the Last Stylebender this February. Between those bouts, the "Reaper" racked up three straight victories against elite competition, and his earlier run to the belt saw him successfully navigate a grueling array of opponents that is almost incomprehensible. Francis Ngannou (right) wields knockout power from hell (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Arguably the hardest hitter the sport has ever seen and the honorable "baddest man on the planet" as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. All but one of his wins came by stoppage, with 12 knockouts to his name - some in under 60 seconds. After suffering back-to-back decision losses in 2018, the Cameroonian recorded four straight first-round KOs before avenging a loss to Miocic to secure the gold with another vicious finish. He then shocked fans and pundits alike by defeating interim champion Ciryl Gane for a successful first defense in January this year. Charles Oliveira has the most placements and submission wins in UFC history (Getty Images). However, the former featherweight has turned his career around (apart from a half-pound miss in May this year) and has won 11 straight for the past five years to succeed the retired Khabib at the helm of the lightweight division. Oliveira holds the records for most finishes (19) and most submissions won (16) in UFC history. His recent weight error saw him stripped of the lightweight title he won last year, but his submission in the first round from Justin Gaethje the next day made him an instant No. 1 contender. Israel Adesanya is one of those Most Engaged Fighter Alive (Getty Images) The "Last Stylebender" suffered his first loss in pro-MMA in 2021, but that was even credit as the Nigerian-born New Zealander rose a weight class to take on then-champion Jan Blachowicz for the MMA title Challenge light heavyweight. He "laps the opposition" - a term that will return below - with back-to-back rematch victories over Marvin Vettori and Whittaker before his crucial win over Jared Cannonier at UFC 276. Kamaru Usman went 3-0 in 2021, retaining the UFC welterweight title with every win (AP) In 2021, the welterweight champion became arguably the top mixed martial artist in the world, let alone the UFC. Usman is unbeaten in nine years, his sustained 19-fight win streak includes a dominant title win in 2019 and five successful defenses since then. Also of great credit is the fact that the 35-year-old has fought three times in 2021, more than any other fighter on this list except for Poirier. Two of his three wins in 2021 came by stoppages and the Nigerian Nightmare is now lapping, in his own words, "the opposition" after beating nearly every major divisional contender at least once - some of them twice. Alexander Volkanovski maintains a 22-fight winning streak (Getty Images) Since the only loss of his pro career in 2013, Volkanovski has won an impressive 22 fights in a row. In fact, his only pro loss came against a world welterweight champion. Six of the Australian's last seven bouts have seen him against 'elite' featherweights, with some fans unjustly holding grudges against the champion due to the controversy surrounding the second of his three decider wins against Max Holloway. That April, Volkanovski took on fan-favorite Chan Sung Jung and put on an absolute clinic in the fourth round to stop the "Korean zombie." In July, he produced a master class to surpass Holloway for the third time, leaving no doubt as to his superiority over the man he dethroned in 2019. Volkanovski made the Hawaiian, considered by some fans to be the greatest featherweight of all time, look like another contender. He even has a win over the other standout contender for that title - Jose Aldo - as well as Chad Mendes and Brian Ortega. However, his performance against Holloway saw him overtake both teammates Adesanya and Usman, with that outing leading some to eventually claim that Volkanovski is the best mixed martial artist currently alive.

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Sergio Perez calls for F1 salary cap idea to be scrapped after ugly Zhou Guanyu Silverstone crash

SERGIO PEREZ is very opposed to the idea of ​​an F1 salary cap. (Author: Gardener)

Sergio PerezRed Bull's Sergio Perez has called for Zhou Guanyu's Silverstone strike to put an end to plans to cap F1 drivers' salaries. Zhou remarkably escaped unscathed from his dramatic 160mph crash at the British Grand Prix, but it served as a chilling reminder of the dangers of the sport. Perez, who finished second to Ferrari race winner Carlos Sainz, thinks the risks he and the rest of the grid take at every race mean there shouldn't be a cap on their rewards the drivers salaries, we're the ones who are taking all the risk out there and putting on a show, so I don't think it's a good thing to talk about in sport when you're moving forward," Perez said. "I knew there was an accident, but I was back in the garage and I looked at the TV and they were showing the accident and I was shocked. However, two months ago discussions started between the teams, F1 and the FIA ​​to cap driver salaries - a move what would automatically be deflationary." I think at the moment Formula 1 is becoming more popular," Verstappen said recently: "Everybody benefits from it, so why should the drivers be capped with their IP rights and everything? We're actually running the show and putting our lives on the line, so that's totally wrong for me." Red Bull boss Christian Horner welcomed the proposal, although he acknowledged it would be difficult to implement. ' said Horner. 'I think the application of that is tricky and we're seeing and experiencing that at the moment.' The pay and prestige for the stars of F1 is huge, but Zhou's accident graphically illustrated the downside. 'It was a Big deal accident and I'm glad I'm okay," said Zhou. "The marshals and medical team at the track were fantastic with their quick response and I also owe a debt of gratitude to the FIA ​​and Formula 1 for all of theirs Work done and they continue to do so to improve the safety of our cars precautionary checks has confirmed that he will be back behind the w heel immediately.

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Scars Revealed From Zhou's Monster Crash; The young Australian star gets his first win

Scars Revealed From Zhou's Monster Crash; The Australian up-and-coming star takes his first win: F1 Pit Talk (Author: Gardener)

Monster CrashDescribing Zhou Guanyu as happy to have gotten away from his monster smash at Silverstone undercuts the time and effort that goes into improving safety in Formula 1 impact, it's difficult to the lucky stars of the Chinese driver not to thank the sport for escaping the first-round pile-up with little more than a few bruises. The forces involved in the accident cannot be underestimated and as if the footage weren't enough to emphasize this, new photos have emerged showing just how much energy the car carried as it flipped upside down and upside down course was set to perdition. Watch every Practice, Qualifying and Race of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship™ live on Kayo. More encouraging news elsewhere in the paddock: Australia returned to the top step of the podium with Jack Doohan's maiden F2 win, albeit more in F2 than the premier class. It's a timely advancement in his first campaign in the category and a sign that his sudden change of plans this year is paying off. And the broader antipodes are better represented on the F1 periphery this week, with Red Bull Racing announcing a Kiwi as the new reserve driver, set to replace the downed Juri Vips for the remainder of the year. Zhou Guanyu's terrifying wheel-slamming into the safety fence at the first turn of the British Grand Prix made headlines, but it's only after the carnage that the forces involved are better appreciated. Aside from several videos taken by fans demonstrating the power of the crash, Sky Sports reporter Craig Slater posted a photo of the damage to the track surface itself caused by the impact of Zhou's car, which landed on his head and crashed into the gravel grinded. The car's roll bar will no doubt be a key area of ​​interest, although it's worth noting that the halo withstands a greater vertical impact than the roll bar, which might explain part of the way why one withstood the impact and not the other. Russell was seen helping the Marshal Coordination efforts as the volunteers attempted to extricate Zhou from the debris wedged between the tire wall and the fence. Illott, who charted with Russell and spent two years racing Formula 3 against his compatriot, said the Mercedes driver's impulse to help was very much in keeping with his demeanor as he rose through the ranks. However, Russell's selflessness cost him a place at the restart of the race when marshals picked up his car while it was parked at the track, after which regulations dictated that he be classified as a non-finisher. Australia's Jack Doohan has clinched the first win of his Formula Two career after a furious drive in wet weather at the British Grand Prix. Doohan started the sprint race fourth but made short work of Juri Vips, Enzo Fittipaldi and then Jehan Daruvala to take the lead in treacherous wet conditions. He easily built up a lead early in the race but as the track dried out he was caught again by DAMS F2 rookie Ayumu Iwasa whose rain tires were in better shape by the end of the non-stop race. He was only able to finish ninth in the feature race after his contrast strategy saw him start on the hard tyre, dropping him places off the line, and a slow pit stop cost him a chance of a better result. The quality of his ride in the wet - typical conditions in which inherently talented drivers excel - will not have gone unnoticed and underscores the 19-year-old's progress in his rookie F2 campaign after finishing second in last year's F3 had become championship. It's also justification for his switch of development academies from Red Bull to Alpine this year, a move the Australian said would help him grow better as a rider, a fact borne out in his results. “The time in the factory, the racing simulation support, but also the vehicle development in 2023 and simply the opportunity to feel much more involved in the team than in previous years elsewhere. “I really create a good relationship between the different people in the Formula 1 team and across the academy and I'm really just trying to bring out the best potential I can have to make sure I play on track. “You win and then it's not just obviously one of the Formula 1 teams; you'll be in everyone's eyes.” Doohan is eighth overall but the highest-placed series rookie behind Williams-backed lone Logan Sargeant. A few more podiums this year would cement his status as a rising star with F1 potential. Red Bull Racing have picked 20-year-old Kiwi promoted Liam Lawson as their next test and reserve driver after dropping Juri Vips from their youth program following the Estonian's racism controversy. Lawson is currently in his second season in Formula 2, having switched from Hitech to Carlin earlier this year, and is currently fifth in the Drivers' Championship. The New Zealander has been part of the illustrious Red Bull Junior Team since 2019 and can look back on a varied junior career with championships in the Toyota Racing Series and the New Zealand F1600 Series as well as runners-up in the Australian and German Formula 4 Formula 3 equivalent Euroformula Open . He also drove alongside teammate Alex Albon in the DTM for the first time last season, where he finished an agonizing three points adrift of the rookie title from experienced touring car driver Maximilian Götz. Vips has already made his practice debut with Red Bull Racing in Spain. The promotion makes Lawson by definition the longest-serving rider among Red Bull's up-and-coming talents, despite trailing India's Jehan Daruvala by one place and 21 points. He has won the Italian F4 Championship and F3 title as a Red Bull junior since 2018 and after a slow start to his rookie F2 campaign this season, he has had two wins in the last three rounds. Lawson is also the highest-ranked Antipodean racer up the F1 ladder, leading fellow countryman Kiwi Marcus Armstrong in sixth and Australians Jack Doohan and Calan Williams in eighth and 19th respectively. Vips has kept his contract with Hitech to watch this year's F2 campaign, despite losing his support from Red Bull after using a racial slur while streaming on Twitch. The Estonian, who has had three podium finishes so far this year, is currently seventh in the overall standings.

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Lewis Hamilton finally opens up on Abu Dhabi heartbreak with defiant F1 vow

Lewis Hamilton secured a sensational podium in a rough Silverstone during a dramatic British Grand Prix - and the Brit opened the controversial finale of the 2021 season (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton secured a sensational podium in a rough Silverstone during a dramatic British Grand Prix - and the Brit opened the controversial finale of the 2021 season. Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has declared he will finally "climb back up" as a seven-time world champion spoke the absurd end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that decided the epic battle for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship. Hamilton looked certain of winning a record-breaking eighth world championship, moving away from the seven he currently owns alongside F1 icon Michael Schumacher. Former race director Michael Masi made the stunning decision to only allow the lapped cars between Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Hamilton to pass the safety car, allowing for a single lap of dramatic racing. The move was clearly motivated to ensure that one of the greatest seasons in F1 history ended in a race. As a result, with Verstappen on fresh, soft tires, Hamilton was a sitting duck as the Dutchman retired at turn five to clinch his maiden title. Hamilton, like fans around the world, was in disbelief and said over the radio: "It was rigged." Finally, Hamilton addressed the disappointment experienced in the championship final. "My father gave me the value of never giving up and the easiest thing is to give up," Hamilton told Sky Sports. Lewis Hamilton was heartbroken after Max Verstappen accidentally came out on top at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, winning the world championship in the process. The eight-time world champions struggled with severe shocks as their cars rattled uncontrollably under the new regulations and car designs introduced for the 2022 season, leaving Mercedes uncompetitive in the fight for victories. Hamilton remains optimistic and was philosophical when discussing the challenges of 2022. He said: "I came back into a season and I've been struggling all year and I don't know why that's the case this year. Winning is everything, work towards winning. And so anything but felt like a failure at times. Success and everything is a beautiful thing, but you learn much, much more when you stumble and fall. “I used to think about things for so long, but now I can go ahead and just try harder next time. Work harder, dig deeper, learn more – whatever it is.” Lewis Hamilton secured a superb third place finish at the British Grand Prix, sending the home fans home happy. Do you think Lewis Hamilton will win a race in 2022? Hamilton secured a place on the podium at his home British Grand Prix, a race he has won a record eight times, while Ferrari star Carlos Sainz celebrated his maiden win at Silverstone. Championship leader Verstappen suffered damage to his car and only finished seventh. However, Hamilton felt he could have recorded a stunning ninth win at Silverstone had luck been on his side. A slow pit stop saw him fail to undercut Sainz and Charles Leclerc in the closing stages, while battling admirably against Red Bull's Sergio Perez but was narrowly edged to second place by the Mexican. "I was doing good times and catching them up and had a really good, long stint and I really thought maybe we could fight for the win but unfortunately the gaps were a bit too big and the pit stop wasn't very good," said Hamilton completed. “In the end I had problems with the warm-up and lost to two cars. The 22-race F1 2022 campaign continues on July 10 with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

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Halo saved Zhou, but the crash raised two new safety concerns

The halo saved the day at the British Grand Prix, but Zhou Guanyu's crash raised new safety issues that F1 must address quickly. (Author: Gardener)

ZhouAfter his crash at the British Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou tweeted that the halo cockpit protection on his car saved his life. Although the concept is relatively simple, a titanium ring over the driver's helmet, it has proven remarkably effective, protecting drivers from serious injury and in some cases death on a number of occasions since its inception, the FIA, is always looking at ways improve safety and Zhou's crash on the first lap at Silverstone will be no different. As with all major accidents, the FIA ​​will conduct a full investigation into the incident to learn how safety can be improved at future races. Although the FIA ​​has not yet indicated what the investigation will focus on or when it will be completed, two clear areas of concern are in the wake of Sunday's accident. The first was where Zhou's car landed when it came to a stop. The last bit of the accident threw the car over the barrier designed to absorb shock and into the safety fences behind a grandstand, but when Zhou's car stopped, it also fell into a narrow gap behind the tire barrier. Being trapped between the tire barrier and the safety fence made it difficult for rescuers to extricate Zhou from the wreckage, which would have been even more concerning if the Chinese driver had been seriously injured in the accident or the car had caught fire. Russell, who got out of his car in the run-off area and ran to Zhou, said the sport needed lessons from Sunday's accident about the placement of crash barriers and safety fences. "It was awful being stuck in that position, there [there was] nothing he could do," said Russell. The roll bar, located behind the cockpit, is mandatory on all F1 cars and must withstand forces of 60 kilonewtons laterally, 70kN longitudinally and withstand 105 kN vertically to pass the crash tests necessary for racing.Theoretically, the roll bar is designed to absorb the brunt of the car's impact while leaving enough space to protect the driver's head.In Zhou's accident, it seems however, it appeared as if the car's roll bar was ripped off as it slid through the run-off zone, meaning the only thing left protecting Zhou's head was the halo Part of the FIA's investigation is likely to focus on whether changes have been made can be made to the roll bar to reinforce it in such a situation, because if the car had come to a stop upside down, Zhou would be inside been caught. The fact that Zhou and Alex Albon, who was himself involved in a bad accident further down the line, escaped his accidents without major injuries is a testament to the FIA's process of investigating every major incident in Formula 1 and out to learn from him. As with the accidents that led to the launch of the Halo, lessons learned from Zhou's accident at Silverstone may save lives in the future.

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Belgian and French GPs 'not on 2023 calendar' as F1 returns to South Africa

According to a report, the 2023 F1 schedule will consist of 24 races, starting in March and excluding the normally annual races at Spa and Paul Ricard - although Monaco appears safe (Author: Gardener)

BelgianAccording to a report, the 2023 F1 schedule will consist of 24 races, starting in March and excluding the normally annual races at Spa and Paul Ricard - although Monaco appears safe. The historic Belgian Grand Prix will be scrapped from the 2023 Formula 1 calendar to make room for a return to South Africa, according to a report. F1 heads to Las Vegas for the first time since botched races in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in the 1980s, while the sport's bosses have expressed a desire to expand to more corners of the world. Last month it was reported that there were talks of returning to South Africa to race at Kyalami for the first time in 30 years. And new information suggests it will feature on the 2023 calendar, with high-profile races in Europe being cut to make room. According to de Telegraaf, F1 bosses plan to have 24 races next year, which would be a new record for the sport. And as new venues are added to freshen up the schedule, the Belgian and French Grands Prix will be axed. The race at Spa-Francorchamps was held before the F1 World Championship was established and has only been missing for six years since 1950. The only way that number wouldn't hit seven would be if talks collapsed over the Kyalami race, with Belgium potentially winning a year-long contract extension if that were the case. It looks like F1 is reviving the South African Grand Prix after a 30-year absence. The grand prix total could still drop to 23 depending on whether it is possible to race in China or not. While the looming ax is bad news for Belgium and France, it is respite for the Monaco Grand Prix. His current contract also expires this year, leading to speculation that the Monaco race would be scrapped if F1 bosses had to make room on the schedule. According to this report, however, the principality is to remain in place "if an agreement is reached on the extension of the contract". Monaco appear to have avoided losing their place on the F1 calendar. The report adds that F1 bosses "want to put together a more logical calendar" after criticizing the logistical requirements of adding more races. For example, they hope to arrange the Miami Grand Prix as a direct follow-up to the race in Canada if possible - a much shorter journey than elsewhere.

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The frantic end of the British GP was 'F1 at its best'

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 has shown the best it has to offer over the past few laps at Silverstone. (Author: Gardener)

BritishMercedes' Lewis Hamilton was thrilled to have witnessed several cars wheel-to-wheel in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix. The seven-time former world champion was in contention for victory at the British Grand Prix, leading his opening laps of the season as the Ferrari drivers pitted. A slightly slower pit stop meant Hamilton ended up behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz after the stops with the prospect of an exciting strategic battle as Hamilton was on much fresher tyres. However, the race was essentially reset with 15 laps to go when the safety car came out because Alpine's Esteban Ocon broke down on the old pit straight. This allowed almost all drivers a free pit stop to switch to a new set of soft tyres, although Ferrari opted against losing track position with Leclerc and kept the Monegasque on aging hard rubber. As Leclerc struggled for grip after racing resumed, it resulted in a wild but clean fight as Carlos Sainz passed his teammate to put Leclerc back in the clutches of Hamilton and Sergio Perez. With the trio constantly swapping places, it allowed Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris to get involved – resulting in a thrilling couple of laps as the drivers dice for positions. While Hamilton ultimately lost to Perez and had to settle for third place on the podium, he was delighted with how the fight had unfolded. "I definitely have," he said when asked if he enjoyed such a tense fight. “It reminded me a lot of the karting days and I feel like this is the best Formula 1 – the fact that we could follow lap after lap and roll the dice like that is a testament to the direction we're going where I think we are now. "That was me. I'm just grateful I got to be in the fight because I haven't been in this fight in a while. Hamilton is yet to win a race in 2022, meaning it is now his longest season without a win. After not appearing to have much hope of winning many races so far this year, he was asked if it felt strange not being able to attend every Grand Prix and if Silverstone had given him hope of continuing his winning record at least one race in each F1 season in which he has driven. "It's not a strange feeling at all. "I've had a lot of years in my career, probably whether or not... maybe not many, but I've definitely had years in my career where I haven't had wins for a while. But yes, there has been… the progress we've made in the last few races has definitely given us hope for more to come. As Hamilton received the crowd's thunderous approval as he sped past Perez and Leclerc onto the pit lane, the local hero said he could draw energy from the crowd's support. "It's so noisy in the car with our earplugs on, but I could feel it.

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Halo saved Zhou, but the crash raised two new safety concerns

The halo saved the day at the British Grand Prix, but Zhou Guanyu's crash raised new safety issues that F1 must address quickly. (Author: Gardener)

ZhouAfter his crash at the British Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou tweeted that the halo cockpit protection on his car saved his life. The halo became mandatory for Formula 1 cars in 2018 after years of research by the FIA ​​to find ways to better protect a driver's head in open-cockpit races. That said, the sport's governing body, the FIA, is always looking for ways to improve safety and Zhou's crash on the first lap at Silverstone will be no different. As with all major accidents, the FIA ​​will conduct a full investigation into the incident to learn how safety can be improved at future races. Although the FIA ​​has not yet indicated what the investigation will focus on or when it will conclude, there are two clear areas of concern following Sunday's accident. After being flipped over as a result of contact with George Russell, the Alfa Romeo slid headfirst through the tarmac run-off area before digging into the gravel behind and rolling over the tire barrier. The final bit of the crash threw the car over the barrier designed to absorb shock and into the safety fence behind it. The safety fence did its job remarkably well, preventing the car from flying into an area near marshal's posts, photographers and a grandstand, but when Zhou's car was stopped it also fell into a narrow gap behind the tire barrier. Being trapped between the tire barrier and the safety fence made it difficult for rescuers to extricate Zhou from the wreckage, which would have been even more concerning if the Chinese driver had been seriously injured in the accident or the car had caught fire. Russell, who got out of his car in the run-off area and ran to check on Zhou, said the sport needed to learn lessons about crash barriers and the placement of fencing fences from Sunday's accident. "The space between the barriers and the metal fence and he was just stuck in there, nowhere. The roll bar, which sits behind the cockpit, is mandatory on all F1 cars and must withstand forces of 60kN laterally, 70kN longitudinally and laterally.” 105kN vertically to pass the crash tests necessary for the car to go racing can. In theory, the roll bar is designed to absorb the brunt of the car's impact while leaving enough room to protect the driver's head. In Zhou's accident, it appears as if the car's roll bar was ripped off as it passed through the run-off zone slipped, meaning the only thing protecting Zhou's head was the halo. Part of the FIA's investigation is likely to focus on whether changes can be made to the roll bar to strengthen it in such a situation, because if the car had come to a stop upside down Zhou would have been trapped inside. The fact that Zhou and Alex Albon, who was himself involved in a bad accident, below were the order esc to have mimicked their accidents without major injuries is testament to the FIA's process of investigating and learning from every major incident in Formula 1 . As with the accidents that led to the launch of the Halo, lessons learned from Zhou's accident at Silverstone may save lives in the future.

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Zhou Guanyu opens up about the F1 crash as incredible photo shows how Halo saved lives

Luckily, F1's Zhou Guanyu had no permanent injuries from the horrific crash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix, which threw him off the track and over the tire barrier (Author: Gardener)

Zhou GuanyuFortunately, Formula 1's Zhou Guanyu suffered no permanent damage from the horrific crash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix which threw him off the track and over the tire barrier Zhou Guanyu was involved in a horrific crash at the British Grand Prix F1 rookie Zhou Guanyu has thanked the medical staff who came to his aid after the horrific accident at the British GP. Zhou was driving at about 160 mph at Abbey Corner when George Russell cut off the back of his car. Earlier today, the 23-year-old took to social media to reach out to fans and those who have supported him through a very difficult time following the scary incident. Thank you everyone for the kind messages," he tweeted. “I would like to thank the Marshals and the medical team at Silverstone, they have been really fantastic. This comes after he praised the Halo safety device that was introduced ahead of the 2018 season as it ultimately saved the young star from serious injuries that could prove fatal. Thank you everyone for your kind messages!” At an eventful Grand Prix at Silverstone, protesters from climate activist group Just Stop Oil jumped the fence on the first lap and stormed the track. In a statement, the FIA ​​said: "We also confirm that after the red flag, several people tried to enter the track. The race was stopped immediately after the mega crash, which also affected Russell, Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon and Alexander Albon. The action was incredible as racing resumed and Carlos Sainz won his first ever Grand Prix, Sergio Perez made a brave comeback to finish second while a brave drive from Lewis Hamilton took him to third place. Zhou Guanyu took to social media after the horrific fall at the start of yesterday's British GP. The seven-time World Champion was locked in an almighty fight on the final laps as the front-runners battled for a place in the top three after a safety car restart. As Sainz raced into the distance to take the checkered flag, Hamilton had to battle for second place with Perez and Charles Leclerc. The Red Bull proved to be too quick as Perez opened up a lead and comfortably secured second place. But third place was all there was to play for and Hamilton drove expertly to eventually defeat Leclerc, who was struggling on old, hard tires to take his third podium of the season and second in a row.

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What is F1 Halo? The device that saved drivers Zhou Guanyu and Roy Nissany from the scare crashes in F1 and F2 at Silverstone

After saving the lives of Roy Nissany and Zhou Guanyu at Silverstone on Sunday, we are reminded why the 'halo' has become an integral part of Formula 1 cars since its introduction in 2018. (Author: Gardener)

Zhou GuanyuAfter saving the lives of Roy Nissany and Zhou Guanyu at Silverstone on Sunday, we are reminded why the 'halo' has become an integral part of Formula 1 cars since its introduction in 2018. © Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu then slides onto the barrier A collision early in the race during... Two horrific crashes occurred at the Formula 1 and Formula 2 races at Silverstone on Sunday when the racers' cars crashed into the head fell. Experts suspected the drivers could have been killed - if it weren't for the life-saving "halo" device. On Sunday morning's opening lap at Silverstone, Formula 2 drivers Dennis Hauger and Roy Nissany suffered a violent collision. The racer's vehicle landed on top of his competitor's at high speed, bringing both cars to an abrupt stop in the gravel. Later in the Formula 1 race, Zhou Guanyu suffered a crash on the first lap. The racer's car rolled over several times at high speed and slid headfirst over the gravel. George Russell, another driver involved in the accident, ran to check on the Chinese driver's well-being. The halo is a safety device that rests over the cockpit of a Formula 1 car, it's a titanium structure covered in carbon fiber. As Formula 1 driver Zhou wrote on Twitter after the crash: "I'm fine, all right. Halo saved me today.” In 2015, the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson sparked calls for improved cockpit protection in open-wheel racing. In addition, Bianchi's death after his fall into a crane at the Japanese Grand Prix is ​​also often cited as a reason for the halo. During the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean's car broke in half with the force of a 53G impact. Despite the inferno of fire that swallowed what was left of his car, Grosjean was saved from severe burns and quickly whisked to safety, avoiding serious trauma to his body or head. He said: "There is absolutely no doubt that the halo was the factor that saved the day - and saved Romain." Lewis Hamilton was involved in a bad crash with rival Max Verstappen at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. After the crash, Hamilton said: "I feel very, very lucky today. Thank God for the halo that saved me and my neck.” In this case, the Brit's words are quite literal as he suffered no physical trauma.

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