Mick Schumacher explains Monaco Grand Prix crash that broke his car in half
Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher has revealed his “strange” crash at the Monaco Grand Prix happened after he inadvertently went off the rails slightly on wet spots on the drying track.
Schumacher struggled again this season when his Monte Carlo run ended prematurely. The 23-year-old cut a barrier at the entrance to the pool section and luckily avoided serious injury after crashing into the wall.
The gearbox, which caused the race to be red flagged, broke in the back of his Haas machine after hitting the barrier and slipping through the Tecpro barrier on the exit. Schumacher’s chassis is currently being repaired at the Haas factory, but his Ferrari power unit is said to still be serviceable.
The German looked utterly stunned as to why he had suddenly lost control of the principality, while his engineer suggested he may have banged on the barrier just before the incident and snapped something. However, Schumacher confirmed that was not the case as he simply went wide at Tabac and cooled his right-hand tires in a wet puddle on the track.
“Basically I mean the whole track was pretty wet in places,” Schumacher said when asked by Motorsport.com what the data revealed. “And others were quite dry.
“We came out a bit wide in turn 12 [Tabac] which cooled the right side. And then going through the chicane, I was actually calm for the circumstances, for the conditions, that there were.
“And I just misplaced it a bit, and I was basically 10 centimeters on the wet zone, which then triggers a double slip in this case, because we have so much power. And that kind of thing just threw the car in a U-turn, I try to correct it, and it goes into the wall.
It was Schumacher’s second major collision of the season after smashing his car in Saudi Arabia, with his Haas breaking in two again in Monte Carlo. He has been heavily criticized this season, but he insisted the incident in Monaco came as a surprise.
“No, it came out of nowhere,” he said. “And I’ve talked to other people. And, you know, most of the feedback I got said it looked really weird. anything broke, actually. But the data suggests than not, so it looks like a wetland.
“It was really strange, because the accident itself was not difficult at all. Seeing it split in two again is quite unfortunate, because obviously it does a lot of damage in this case.
While his father Michael won a record seven world titles during his F1 career, Schumacher is yet to score a point since entering the sport in 2021 – but he did claim overall victory in the his last season in Formula 3 (2018) and Formula 2 (2019). ). The German was unable to start the race in Saudi Arabia in March after a similar crash in qualifying, but Schumacher insists he must take risks to get the desired results.
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“Especially in midfield this year, it’s so tight, so it’s just a matter of being 10 centimeters out of place, and things go very wrong,” Schumacher added. “I mean, nobody thought about the pavement beforehand in Jeddah for example, it’s a trigger for these accidents. In Monaco, the conditions were obviously quite difficult.
“So yeah, there’s obviously the risk and reward assessment. And obviously we’re trying to be in the points, and so we have to take risks. But yeah, that’s definitely something where I just have to learn a little more and understand a little more.
“I guess you as a driver always try to take risks and reap the rewards. I mean the midfield is so tight that if you really don’t take the risk you end up anyway P15 or less. And that’s not where we want to be, we want to be in the top 10.
“So you have to take some risk. And it’s up to me to decide and find the right margin. But there are other circumstances that also play a role in this. It is therefore simply a matter of dialing the number.
The 22-race F1 2022 campaign continues with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on June 12.