Mick Schumacher qualifying crash
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – With Mick Schumacher suffering a brutal qualifying crash and Lewis Hamilton stunningly failing to advance from the first round of an F1 tournament for the first time in five years.
Formula 1 drivers experienced a difficult Saturday night at the Jeddah circuit as they reassured the event’s security following a nearby terrorist attack.
Mick Schumacher airlifted for precautionary scans after wicked hit; will miss F1 race
The son of seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher lost control of his Haas at Turn 9 and slammed the inner barrier before bouncing back across the track and stopping after Turn 10.
Schumacher, who turned 23 this week, was hit in the face with a ferocious blow with a concrete barrier with just over five minutes left in the second round after losing control of his car at Turn 9.
Schumacher was conscious when the medical car arrived at the scene, and although he appeared to be physically fine, he was taken to the department’s medical center for tests and to the hospital by helicopter.
A statement issued by the FIA said, “The evaluation at the medical center revealed that there were no injuries, and he was transferred to King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah for precautionary checks.”
The impact of the collision broke Schumacher’s car into two pieces, with the gearbox assembly falling as the wreckage was lifted into a recovery truck.
Haas F1 Team and Sky Sports reported that the son of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher was conscious and alert before he was pulled out of the car and into an ambulance.
It showed Mick Schumacher being airlifted to a nearby hospital for further examination, which Haas F1 team boss Guenter Steiner said was largely a precaution after Schumacher showed there were no external injuries in the crash.
The accident resulted in the one-hour qualifying session being suspended for over 50 minutes as the car was restored, the circuit linings repaired and the track surface cleaned.
The track repairs delayed the session by about an hour. Qualifying ended with Sergio Perez winning his first place in his Formula One career in his 215th start, beating Ferrari Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.