Formula 1 – Schumacher misjudges: crash in Monaco

Bitter Sunday for Mick Schumacher: The German flies off spectacularly in the swimming pool chicane on lap 27 of the Monaco GP and causes a violent accident: His Haas even breaks apart when it hits the barriers, the rear axle is severed. “I’m okay, but I don’t know what happened,” Mick gives the all-clear on the radio after the crash. The race is temporarily stopped with the red flag.

While teammate Kevin Magnussen, who retired earlier with a drive problem, grimaces at the sight of the destroyed Haas in the pit lane, ex-F1 driver Alex Wurz analyzes: “I think Mick was just half a meter too far to the left and that’s why with too many rear tires on the wet track.”

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Schumacher confirmed this a little later in his TV interviews: “The conditions were difficult, unfortunately I was a bit too far out in turn 14 and got on the wet,” explains the German. “Physically I’m okay, but of course it’s very annoying.”

Schumacher puts the racing cars of the new Formula 1 generation as the reason: “The cars are wider than last year, unfortunately a bit too wide. I misjudged.”

Even before the crash, things weren’t going well for Schumacher: “I had contact with Albon, I ripped off the front wing. Overall, we would certainly have had the pace today to move forward,” he analyses. But even after the seventh race of the season, Schumacher remains the only driver in the field with no points next to Williams driver Nicholas Latifi – and has to fight for his Formula 1 future.

Because the Haas pilot’s season so far has been paved with bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns: At the season opener in Bahrain, Schumacher was involved in a collision at the start and spun, so he missed the points in the end. In the second race in Saudi Arabia, the German does not drive at all: After a serious accident in qualifying, Schumi jr. the Grand Prix on Sunday, his car is ready for scrap.

Mick Schumacher crashes spectacularly after a driving error at the Monaco GP.

Schumacher survived the Australian GP without a major accident, but several rides in the race again ruined his chance of scoring points. He was also lucky when behind the safety car he missed the rear of AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda by a hair’s breadth.

In Imola, the German made two mistakes: at the start he spun in Fernando Alonso, later in the race he also spun off the track in the chicane and was only penultimate. At the F1 premiere in Miami, the Haas driver finally shows his best performance of the season – at least until shortly before the end: In the fight for the last points, Schumacher collides with his buddy Sebastian Vettel, of all people, and everything is gone again.
At the Grand Prix in Barcelona, ​​the Haas driver can surprise positively, at least in qualifying, celebrating his first Q3 entry. In the race, a bad strategy only goes backwards, so the 23-year-old can’t take any World Championship points with him at the finish line – just like after the crash on Sunday in Monte Carlo.

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One thing is certain: the pressure on the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher is increasing. Haas team boss Günther Steiner recently publicly demanded results: “Otherwise the season will be over at some point and we’ll wait for the 24th GP.” Above all, the high bills caused by the German with his many accidents are increasingly a thorn in the side of the Austrian.

With a view to the Monaco crash, expert Alex Wurz fears: “It will be expensive again, the car that is now on the hook is only good as a show car. Losing the points is one thing for the team, but it is connected to the car always a lot of money.”

Schumacher does not want to be discouraged by the critics: “The season is still long, the tide can turn again very quickly,” says the Haas pilot on Sky and defiantly adds: “I’ve shown that before and I can show again this year.”

His team boss Günther Steiner prefers not to say too much at first: “We saw what happened with Mick. It’s not very satisfying to have another big accident. We have to see how we can continue from here.”

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