“20 years back it would’ve been a different story,” Mick Schumacher looks back on his horrifying Saudi Arabia GP qualifying crash

Mick Schumacher opens up on his horror crash at Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying

Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher was entangled in a horrific crash during qualifying on Saturday night at the Jeddah circuit. As he approached the Turn 10 barrier, the Haas driver lost control of his VF-22 and crashed into the boundary at over 160mph. Because of the force of the impact, he rebounded off the boundary and had a supplementary repercussion before coming to a stop at Turn 12.

Despite being airlifted to a hospital for preventative checks, Schumacher was unharmed in the crash and was released later that night. “I feel all right, not too sore either. It just shows the safety of these cars these days. To be able to walk away from this, I think 20 years back from here people wouldn’t have been able to do that. So thank you very much to everyone involved in getting the safety up,” told the 23-year-old German driver after being released.

Schumacher was ruled out of Sunday night’s race due to a lack of spare parts if Haas had another major accident before venturing to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. On Sunday, Haas had only one driver driving for them at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in the form of recent F1 returnee Kevin Magnussen who finished at P9.

Mick Schumacher gets candid about the horrific crash

Mick Schumacher's crash at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying
Mick Schumacher’s crash at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying

When asked about the mishap during qualifying, the 23-year-old added, “It’s interesting because most of the time when you have an accident, or you know something is going wrong, the time changes a bit, like it feels a bit slower.” He then talked about how he saw the wall coming towards him seconds before the impact knowing that he could prepare himself for the impact. He also mentioned how unfortunate it was for him to get ruled out from the second Grand Prix on the 2022 calendar, but is looking forward to the next GP, the Australian Grand Prix.

This season Formula 1 acquired numerous measures to raise car safety, which are said to be responsible for at least half of the car’s 43kg increased weight. While the cars do seem safer this season, there’s still a cloud of doubt regarding the safety of the circuits. The Jeddah Corniche Circuit was branded the “most dangerous” on the calendar by Red Bull driver Sergio Perez while Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz questioned is it “worth it”.

On being asked about the safety of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Schumacher replied, “I think there are things we have to have a look at. I don’t know what will happen in the future but if (we return) we would have to have a serious discussion about it.” Jenson Button, a veteran F1 driver turned F1 pundit, explained that the actuality that Schumacher’s accident proceeded rather than grinding to a stop saved his life.

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