Charles Leclerc was saved from having the front wing of Fernando Alonso's McLaren make contact with his helmet by the halo on his Sauber in the huge crash at the start of this year's Belgian Grand Prix, an FIA investigation has determined.
Alonso was pitched into the air after being rear-ended by Nico Hulkenberg and he skated across the top of Leclerc's car before coming to a rest at turn two.
Though the incident was among the more eye-catching crashes in F1 this year, both drivers walked away unharmed.
F1 released incredible on-board footage from the incident which suggested that Leclerc had had a narrow escape and the FIA's findings suggest the halo played a significant role in saving the Monegasque from potential injury.
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