Michael sSchumacher was involved in a horrific crash during qualifying at Jeddah Circuit on Saturday night. Approaching the barrier at Turn 10, the Haas driver lost control of his VF-22 and crashed into the barrier at over 160 mph. Due to the force of the impact, he bounced off the barrier and had an extra impact before coming to a stop at Turn 12.
Although Schumacher was flown to a hospital for preventive checks, he was unharmed in the crash and was released later that night. “I feel good, not too sore either. It just shows the safety of these cars nowadays. To be able to move away from that, I don’t think people would have been able to do that from here 20 years ago. So thank you to everyone involved in making it safer.” said the 23-year-old German driver after his release.
Schumacher was ruled out of Sunday night’s race due to a lack of spare parts in case Haas had another serious crash before venturing into Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. On Sunday, Haas had just one driver to himself at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in recent F1 returnee Kevin Magnussen, who finished P9.
Mick Schumacher is open about the terrible crash
When asked about the qualifying mishap, the 23-year-old added: “It’s interesting because most of the time when you have an accident or you know something is going to go wrong, the time changes a little, like it feels a little bit slower.” He then talked about how he saw the wall coming towards him seconds before impact because he knew he could prepare for impact. He also mentioned how unfortunate it was for him to be ruled out of the second Grand Prix on the 2022 calendar but is looking forward to the next GP, the Australian Grand Prix.
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) March 26, 2022
This season, Formula 1 took numerous measures to increase vehicle safety, which are said to be responsible for at least half of the car’s 43 kg increase in weight. While the cars appear to be safer this season, there are still doubts about the safety of the circuits. The Jeddah Corniche Circuit was branded as that “most dangerous” on Red Bull driver Sergio Perez’s calendar while Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz is in question “its worth it”.
When asked about the safety of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Schumacher replied: “I think there are things we need to look at. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but when (we return) we would have to seriously discuss it.” Jenson Button, a veteran F1 driver turned F1 expert, stated that the fact that Schumacher’s accident happened instead of stopping saved his life.
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