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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”