Mick Schumacher crashed heavily during the Monaco Grand Prix, bringing out the red flag (Photo: Getty)
During a chaotic, wet race, eventually won by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, Schumacher was involved in a huge accident after his car spun into the barriers at the Swimming Pool complex.
The crash was so heavy that the Haas VF-22 split in half and smashed the barriers so much that the red flag was brought out and the race was stopped so the marshals could repair the damage.
Thankfully, Schumacher walked away from the incident unscathed, saying after the race: ‘I’m feeling all right. Obviously, it’s very annoying.
‘The pace felt strong, and it felt like we were able to attack and push. It’s just a matter of keeping it on track and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do that.
‘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 you thought you had. And unfortunately, the result is as it happened.’
Haas boss Guenther Steiner, centre, was critical of Schumacher, right, after this latest crash (Photo: Getty)
‘It felt super-weird. From what I saw on the video, it just seemed like we were 10 centimetres further out. And that kind of triggered maybe a wet patch or whatever with the front wheel, which then translated into a rear-wheel slide.
‘That’s where basically the rear came around. I tried to correct it and that’s why it went to the left.’
The Monaco accident is the latest in a long line of incidents for Schumacher this season, with a heavy crash in qualifying in Saudi Arabia destroying his Haas and preventing him from starting the race.
A spin at the start of Imola and a collision with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of Miami also cost the 23-year-old badly and his boss appears to be running out of patience.
‘With Mick we obviously saw what happened,’ Steiner said post-race.
‘It’s not very satisfactory having a big crash again. We need to see how we move forward from here.’
Mick Schumacher is the son of the legendary, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, and great things were expected of the 23-year-old when he made his debut last season.
However, 28 races later, the German is still to score his first Formula 1 points, and while last year that was forgivable given Haas’ woeful car, this season is a different story.
His teammate Kevin Magnussen has had a fantastic start to the season, currently sitting in 10th in the standings with 15 points after seven races, while Schumacher is 19th, and, alongside Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, is the only full-time driver not to have scored points in 2022.
If results and performances don’t improve soon, Steiner and Haas’ hierarchy will no doubt be reassessing Schumacher’s future at the American team.
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