Mick Schumacher says he didn’t exit his automotive sooner after crashing in Jeddah as a result of he knew different automobiles could be within the space.
The 23-year-old was concerned in a scary high-speed shunt throughout qualifying on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, shedding management of the Haas VF-22 and smashing into the concrete wall, with no barrier or padding in place on the space the place he crashed.
The session was rapidly red-flagged, whereas cameras prevented broadcasting the scene whereas awaiting information on Schumacher’s situation.
Luckily, after medical personnel arrived, Schumacher was in a position to exit the automotive and was helped into the ambulance, with a hospital verify giving him the all-clear.
Concern had grown for Schumacher as he continued to remain within the cockpit, however the German racer has now revealed why he did that.
Fairly than struggling any bodily harm from the crash, he as a substitute was cautious of automobiles which will have been passing by.
“I didn’t need to get out at first as a result of I knew there could be a number of extra automobiles behind me,” Schumacher advised Sky, quoted by Sport1.de.
“Accordingly, I simply checked to see if all the things was all proper.”
In addition to staying within the automotive, Schumacher additionally was not talking on the staff radio, which additional heightened considerations.
He defined he wished to take action however the radio was not working, so he suspects harm should have been accomplished to the system and thus broke the connection.
“Most likely one thing was lower,” he steered. “I actually wished to say I used to be okay.”
Little or no of Schumacher’s automotive was nonetheless intact after the crash and it was a telling signal of the affect because the backend of the Haas fell off because the crane tried to take away it from the monitor.
Crucially although, the survival cell did its job, testomony to the protection of the trendy System 1 automobiles.
And extremely, Haas boss Guenther Steiner has confirmed the chassis is nice to go once more regardless of that almighty crash.
“The chassis, there may be harm to it however it’s probably not large,” stated Steiner on the F1 Nation podcast. “The remainder of the automotive is damaged, however not the chassis.”
“Completely,” Steiner confirmed when requested if it might be used once more. “I imply that chassis, the side-impact buildings must be modified. They did their job, they get destroyed by doing this.
“And in any other case there may be one little notch on it which could be simply mounted.”