Haas driver Mick Schumacher has picked up the unwanted moniker of the sport’s “crash kid” after Sunday’s horrific crash.
Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher has picked up the unwanted moniker of the sport’s “crash kid” after Sunday’s horrific crash at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old German lost control of his Haas car on Lap 27 of the Monte Carlo race, and as he spun around he clipped the barriers at Turn 14 before shunting the car into the wall and splitting it in half.
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Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, walked away from the incident without any serious injuries, but the race was still red flagged after attempts to clear the debris with a yellow flag were unsuccessful.
“I’m okay, I just don’t understand it,” Schumacher said on team radio before getting out of the car.
The crash ended Haas’ Monaco GP hopes as their other driver Kevin Magnussen had moments earlier retired from the race.
“Obviously it’s very annoying,” Schumacher said after the race.
“I think in terms of pace we were definitely there, it’s just a matter of keeping it on track, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that. The pace felt strong, and it felt like we were able to attack and push.
“We just ended up being a little too wide, which is maybe a matter of 10cm at the end, and that was enough to lose all grip that you thought you had. And unfortunately the result is as it happened.”
Unfortunately, this was not Schumacher’s first incident of the 2022 season – Haas was forced to cough up AU$1.3 million to repair his car after crashing out in Qualifying at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in March.
“With Mick we obviously saw what happened,” Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said after the Monaco Grand Prix.
“It’s not very satisfactory having a big crash again. We need to see how we move forward from here.”
Speaking to Sport1, former F1 driver Christian Danner revealed that some members of the paddock have started to referring to him as the sport‘s “crash kid”.
“He can keep up in terms of speed, but things can’t go on like this with the incidents,” he said.
“He’s causing millions in damage, and a team like Haas can spend that money more wisely.
“He needs to find the solution for himself – no advice would help him. But he has to finish a race without incident. Gunther will be reading the riot act.”
The F1 season resumes with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, June 12.
– with The Sun