In a high-speed passage, the German loses his Haas on a curb in turn eleven, spins and hits the wall sideways. Mick doesn’t show the directing at first. Instead, worried looks everywhere. Inappropriate: While the ambulance is parked next to the Haas, loud party music blasts through the track loudspeakers.
After about half an hour, Haas tweeted: Schumacher is doing well given the circumstances. He was taken to King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital by helicopter for further checks. TV pictures show the son of record world champion Mick Schumacher sitting on a stretcher and gesticulating.
After all: Haas team boss Günther Steiner has good news. “Mick is fully conscious,” he says on Sky. “He has already spoken to his mother. He has no external injuries. Now he’s in the hospital for check-ups.”
In the end, Schumacher ended up in 14th place. However, it is uncertain whether he will be able to start on Sunday: “It will hurt in the body after such an impact,” emphasizes Steiner. “Not much is left of the car. And what’s left has to work.”
It is important anyway that the young German is healthy. Steiner: “My first thought was: I hope he’s doing well. We then had no more radio and data contact. Everything has probably been destroyed.” The South Tyrolean also calmed down Corinna Schumacher. “I’ve kept the mother informed in the meantime that he’s fine.”
Curious: A Haas accident of all things ensured even more safety in Formula 1: “The safety standard is very high,” emphasizes Steiner. “The cars were reinforced again after the Grosjean accident (in Bahrain 2020; ed.). That helped. And you also need luck.”
Nevertheless, Ralf Schumacher is critical: “Do you still have to build such narrow stretches with walls so close? This is an issue for the GPDA (drivers’ association; ed.).”