Schumacher lost control of his Haas F1 car coming through the pool after switching to dry tires at the Monaco Grand Prix, sending him into a spin.
After Armco crashed on the right side of the track, Schumacher’s car crashed into the Tecpro barrier at the corner exit. The rear of his Haas F1 car separated from the rest of the chassis, including the suspension and gearbox, but Schumacher himself quickly reported he was fine.
Schumacher got out of the car unassisted and was taken to the medical center as a precaution before being quickly released. He later explained that the incident felt “very strange”.
Race Director Eduardo Freitas initially called for a virtual safety car before upgrading to a full safety car. A red flag was then raised over the race to allow the hurdles to be repaired.
Several drivers expressed their shock upon seeing the crash site after the race. AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly He said it looked “bad” and that he was worried about Schumacher, which made it the right decision to throw the red flag.
“When I saw the gearbox completely out, it was very shocking,” Gasly said. “For the red flag, it took a while, but it was the right thing to do. I was a little surprised there was a VSC and not a safety car right away. But I need to review the race, it’s been so long, so much has happened.”
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22 crash
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Alps Fernando Alonso He described the accident as “enormous” and hoped that Formula 1 could “learn something from today”, noting how much the weight of the cars increased on the crashes.
“I don’t think it’s a problem with the car, it’s just how hard it got,” Alonso said.
“With these cars, it’s very heavy, it weighs more than 800 kilograms, so the inertia you get into the wall is much higher than in the past. Like I said, we probably learned something from today as well.”
Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel He was Schumacher’s mentor for most of the young German’s career, having benefited from advice given by Michael Schumacher’s father.
Vettel said he was “happy to hear on the radio that he was fine before I spoke about the accident,” and called on Schumacher to drop some slack.
“It’s very easy to get it wrong that fast,” Vettel said. “I don’t know exactly what happened to him, I haven’t seen him. The main thing is that he is fine
“There’s no doubt that he can do a lot more than he’s showing at the moment. But I think you need to give him some relief.”