Mick has to ‘find a solution’ for frequent crashes

Jon Wilde
Mick Schumacher stands by the wreckage of his Haas car. Monte Carlo May 2022.

Mick Schumacher stands by the wreckage of his Haas car after crashing in the Monaco Grand Prix. Monte Carlo May 2022.

Mick Schumacher has to figure out for himself how to stop crashing as Haas team boss Guenther Steiner “will read him the riot act”.

That is the opinion of ex-F1 driver and now German TV pundit Christian Danner following Schumacher’s latest big incident in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Chasing Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo through the Swimming Pool complex on lap 27, Schumacher lost control and hit the barrier on the right before spinning down the track and smashing into the Tecpro, with the force of the impact splitting the back end off his car.

Thankfully, the 23-year-old was soon telling the team over the radio he was okay, but it was the latest in a string of incidents this season for a driver who is still seeking a first F1 point after 28 attempts – and has a much more competitive car than in his debut campaign last year.

Most notably, Schumacher also had a heavy crash in Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying and took both himself and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel out of the race when vying for a point in Miami.

With a budget cap to comply with, the hefty repair bills are the last thing the Haas team need.

Danner, speaking on Sport1, says the accidents have to stop – and that only Schumacher himself can find a way to eradicate them.

“This was a really brutal accident, the car breaks in two,” said the 64-year-old, who finished fourth in a United States Grand Prix for the Rial team.

“He also had to go to the medical centre because of the high centrifugal forces. Of course, we are glad nothing happened to him.

“He has to think about something. His speed is quite good now, he can keep up, but he can’t go on like this with the accidents. The damage is running into millions. A team like that can spend the money more wisely.”

 

In saying Schumacher has to “find a solution for himself – no advice will help”, Danner subscribes to the theory many from outside have that the son of the seven-time former World Champion is probably striving a bit too hard to make his own name.

“[He is] trying to find out more about what is possible, he has to be a bit more relaxed about that,” added Danner.

“He has to finish a race without an accident. He also has to be more relaxed over the race distance. When you are so far ahead, you have to finish the race.

“The team boss (Steiner) will read him the riot act. Vettel will also ask Mick if he’s still got it.”