Even after an unlimited crash in Saudi Arabia, Mick Schumacher will be capable of use the identical Haas chassis in Australia subsequent weekend.
Schumacher spun into the obstacles in qualifying in Jeddah at a 170mph nook, which noticed his VF-22 break into two and the remainder of his automotive was utterly damaged, to a level the place the price related to fixing it prevented him racing on Sunday.
Fortunately and most significantly, he was capable of come away comparatively unscathed after such a horrendous accident, after receiving medical checks on the scene and in hospital, and he admitted afterwards that if he had the identical accident 20 years in the past, the end result could properly have been totally different.
Haas crew principal Steiner, although, confirmed the injury to the remainder of his automotive was terminal, however Schumacher’s chassis will survive for use at Albert Park.
“The chassis, there’s injury to it, however it’s not likely large the chassis,” stated Steiner. “The remainder of the automotive is damaged, however not the chassis.”
“Completely,” Steiner confirmed when requested if it will be used once more. “I imply that chassis, the side-impact buildings need to be modified, they did their job, they get destroyed by doing this.
“And in any other case there’s one little notch on it which may be simply fastened.”
Schumacher stated he was able to go racing in Saudi Arabia however the lack of spare elements prevented him from doing so, successfully quelling any worries that he would have misplaced confidence in his driving after such a heavy impression.
He’ll be making his first go to to Melbourne as a driver subsequent weekend, and he’s wanting ahead to seeing how he can compete on a circuit which has been considerably modified since Method 1’s final journey to Australia.
“I feel we’ve got a automotive that we are able to struggle with and a automotive that’s aggressive, which is nice,” stated Schumacher. “Sure, the observe is like most different tracks the place it wants bedding in, particularly once they’re pushed by highway vehicles all 12 months spherical.
“My dad holds the lap report in a 2004 Ferrari – I bought the possibility to drive that automotive – and it’s an incredible automotive.
“We’ll make our personal laps in the same wanting automotive really, the vehicles have turned again in time and so they’re wanting a bit extra like they used to with the excessive entrance wing, so will probably be attention-grabbing. Clearly, very totally different in comparison with 2004 however nonetheless nice to drive with the VF-22.”