Belgian Grand Prix crash: Fernando Alonso launched into the air in terrifying multi-car smash on first corner

THIS is the terrifying moment F1 driver Charles Leclerc is saved from serious injury by the controversial new Halo protector.

Fernando Alonso’s McLaren came crashing down on to the Monaco star’s Sauber cockpit in a dramatic Belgian Grand Prix first-lap smash.

 The start of the Belgian GP was thrown into chaos in the very first corner

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The start of the Belgian GP was thrown into chaos in the very first corner
 Fernando Alonso was thrown in the air after being hit by Nico Hulkenburg

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Fernando Alonso was thrown in the air after being hit by Nico Hulkenburg

Former world champ Alonso was shunted into the air by Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault but, incredibly, all three were unhurt.

Alonso, 37, declared: “It was bad and the Halo was a very good thing to have today.”

FIA race director Charlie Whiting added: “The Halo took a hefty whack and it doesn’t take much imagination to think the tyre marks on it could have been on Charles’ head.

“It would have been a bit of a miracle if they weren’t had the Halo not been there.”

 Three cars were wiped out in the very first turn, with many more damaged

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Three cars were wiped out in the very first turn, with many more damaged
 Fernando Alonso was taken out in the first corner of his last-ever race in Spa

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Fernando Alonso was taken out in the first corner of his last-ever race in Spa
 Debris was thrown all over the track and the safety called for after the smash

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Debris was thrown all over the track and the safety called for after the smash

The Halo, a three-pronged cockpit protector, was introduced following Jules Bianchi’s death when his car struck a crane at Suzuka in 2014.

Yesterday’s crash was similar to one at the same race in 2012 when Romain Grosjean’s Lotus almost decapitated Alonso.

Alonso said: “It reminded me of the 2012 start. If you miss the braking point you need to think twice next time.”

 Ultimately, four cars paid the price for the first corner shunt

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Ultimately, four cars paid the price for the first corner shunt

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THIS is the terrifying moment F1 driver Charles Leclerc is saved from serious injury by the controversial new Halo protector.