Fears again after an accident with a torn structure

(Motorsport-Total.com) – On lap 26, the Formula 1 world briefly froze when I saw Mick Schumacher’s two-part Haas at the exit of the pool lane. Memories of the grisly Romain Grosjean fire accident were brought back as Haas was also torn in two in the French crash in Bahrain in 2020. Even with Schumacher’s qualifying accident in Saudi Arabia, Haas was not left in one piece.

Mick Schumacher accident at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco



However, Schumacher’s accident looked worse than it actually was, as Tecpro’s fender was able to mitigate the impact well. “Physically I’m fine, but of course it’s annoying,” said the German after the crash.

“The conditions were very difficult there and unfortunately I went a bit too far in the corner.” Schumacher lost control of his VF-22 while going from Turn 13 to 14 in wet and dry conditions, then hit the outside barrier before stopping in the post-pool barrier.

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“It was because I was too far in turn. 14. The cars are a little wider than last year and in this case they were very wide, which is why I misjudged,” the Haas driver admits.

“It was totally weird. When I looked at the replay, I was 10 centimeters off the track,” says Schumacher, who suspects he may have run into a wet spot with the front wheel off the perfect line.

“This then caused the rear wheel to slip and my rear end broke. I tried to correct it, but then it slipped left. This is very bad and very annoying.”

Isn’t Haas safe enough?

Other drivers noticed the fact that Haas was split in half in a crash for the third time in two years, as did Fernando Alonso: “The crash was massive again,” says the Alpine pilot.

“I also remember the accident in Jeddah where the car split in half and the gearbox is no longer in the chassis, and again today. Thankfully he is fine but it was a bad, bad accident. I hope we can learn something from today,” he said.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with the car, how hard it hits. These cars are very heavy, over 800 kilograms, so the inertia with which you push them into the wall is much higher than before,” adds Alonso.

So he still has to wait for his first points in Formula 1. However, Schumacher is convinced that he will soon be able to finish the negative streak: “The season is still long, the tide can turn very quickly. I’ve shown it before and I’m sure we can show it again.” This year. “

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In addition to the German, his teammate Kevin Magnussen had to give up early in the principality: “I had some problems with the engine. We had to move because I didn’t have more power anymore,” says the Dane.

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“Things were going well until then, we were in P11 and a lot faster than Bottas. I was really looking forward to that pit stop because I had just told the team I wanted to switch to the spots while a couple of riders behind me were still on intermediate shifted,” he explains.

“We were still on the rain tires and wanted to go straight to the spots and that would have been a great opportunity. So I am very disappointed because we missed a good opportunity to score points and recover from a disappointing day yesterday. That car was great and it was a really good pace in these conditions. “.

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“It was a disappointing day for us,” says Haas boss Gunther Steiner. “Kevin was very fast and we were just waiting to overtake Bottas with the pit stop. Unfortunately, he then got a water leak from his ERS system. Obviously, with respect to Mick, it’s not satisfying to see another major accident, which is why we just have to Looking forward now.”

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