Inquiry launched after flying wheel collides with Briton George Russell’s car during Belgian Grand Prix

Officials are investigating how a flying wheel hit the car of British driver George Russell at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The 22-year-old Williams man was fortunate to escape uninjured after a rear wheel became detached from Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo and travelled into his path at 125mph. An investigation has been launched after George Russell’s car was struck by flying rear wheel. Britain’s Russell saw a loose wheel weighing 22lbs barrelling towards him at Spa. Tethers are meant to prevent wheels coming off during accidents, such as when Giovinazzi lost control on the exit of Fagnes chicane. The missile, from Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo, clipped Russell’s left-front tyre.

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