Back at the track today, Schumacher had an interview today to explain more about what happened. He had Tweeted a photo yesterday to assure fans he was doing okay.
Whilst speaking to Sky Sports this afternoon he said:
‘We had a small slide going through turn nine which upset temperatures in the tyre and also position.
‘Coming to the curb I was 20 to 30cms wide of where I want to be so the rear tyre dropped over the curb.
‘The moment we touch a curb we lose contact to the ground and that means there is nothing holding us back from spinning. I saw other guys have a similar issue.’
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) March 26, 2022
It was announced earlier today that Schumacher won’t be taking part in todays Grand Prix and he took this opportunity to explain why:
‘A combination of car preservation – we want to race in Melbourne and if something happened in today’s race that might not happen.’
Sky Sports asked if he thought the track was safe, Schumacher responded:
‘I think there are things we have to have a look at. If so, we need a serious discussion.’
Perez, who took pole position yesterday for the first time in his career, has added that he feels the Saudi Arabian track is the ‘most dangerous’. He said:
‘It’s a circuit that really demands a lot from the drivers, from the cars, from the teams. If you get it wrong, it can be a huge accident,’
‘The last thing I want to think is about the track, and I think going forwards it’s again a discussion.’
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) March 26, 2022
The crash happened when Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, lost control of his Haas and slammed into the concrete wall on the opposite side at roughly 170 mph. The impact ripped the car in two.
Mick Schumacher was then taken to hospital in an air ambulance and Haas released that he was conscious and talking.
Schumacher later posted on his social media to inform fans he was doing okay, saying:
‘Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that I’m ok. Thank you for the kind messages. The car felt great, we’ll come back stronger.’
Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, explained:
‘I spoke with his Mum and kept her updated,’
‘He has no injuries that you can see, but they want to do some scans to make sure there was no impact from the forces.
‘The impact broke up the digital [technology] so we heard nothing [on the radio] but we got word he was conscious.’
Haas confirmed that Schumacher would not be taking part in todays race.
‘In light of today’s qualifying incident, Mick Schumacher will not participate in tomorrow’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
‘For the avoidance of doubt, we will only be running one car in the race.’