Formula 1: Schumi junior with a mega crash in qualifying

The weekend in Saudi Arabia is bewitched. First the rocket attack on a plant owned by oil multinational Aramco around 20 kilometers from the route on Friday. In qualifying on Saturday, Nicholas Latifi crashed heavily. Then Mick Schumacher (23) gets to know the walls in an unpleasant way.

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.

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After about five minutes, Schumacher’s Haas team gives the all-clear: Schumi junior is conscious and on his way to the track hospital. Apparently he hit his head sideways on the headrest. The Haas was completely destroyed, the rear with the engine broke off.

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.

Ralf Schumacher protects his nephew on Sky: “It’s no use: As a driver you have to go to the limit, especially when it comes to entering Q3. And if a car takes off over the curbs here, the driver doesn’t stand a chance. He but it was also just too fast. The impact was violent, almost instantaneously at the obtuse angle.”

Mick Schumacher survives a serious accident in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian GP uninjured.

Schumi II has experience with accidents. He crashed twice in Indianapolis and had a concussion at the time.
McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl comments: “It’s a fine line, a street circuit at the limit. At the same time, we have to be honest: the drivers love the track. The FIA ​​​​and the promoter have done a good job. There is no such thing as 100 percent safety when the walls are so close.”

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.”

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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.).”

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