Schumacher survives FP3 scare to make qualifying

Michelle Foster
Mick Schumacher looking focused in his VF-22. Spain May 2022

Haas survived a race against time to get Mick Schumacher’s car repaired for qualifying after the German suffered a rear right brake fire in final practice.

Pitting with flames coming from the rear of the car, the fire quickly took hold, damaging the back right quarter of his VF-22.

However, his mechanics were able to make the necessary repairs for the German to head out onto the track during Q1.

When it comes to Lady Luck, Schumacher is not seeing much of her this season.

Yet to get off the mark, his troubles went from bad to worse in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix when his rear right brake caught fire.

“Brakes are burning, my rear brakes are burning,” he told Haas, who told him to pit.

He did so and as he tried to box, pretty much without brakes, his front jackman tried to take up his normal position only to fall over as the German went by.

Sky Sports’ Paul di Resta questioned: “Why is there a mechanic in front of a car that has got its brakes on fire?”

Karun Chandhok added: “That’s ridiculous, why would you have the front jackman there?”

Di Resta: “Somebody needs to take responsibility for that within the team. No brakes, you don’t stand in front of the car when it is about to stop in the box.”

It was pointed out that Haas mechanics could not see the extent of the fire from where they stood.

The Haas mechanics were quickly up to the rear of his car armed with fire extinguishers and, as the fire took hold, the pit lane mechanics joined the fight.

The whole of the right rear corner was alight for more than a minute, the back right of the car wrecked by the flames with the brake shroud destroyed.

 

Haas had to change the entire corner in order to get the German out on track for qualifying.

Pierre Gasly also made an early exit from FP3, out when a heat shield failed, causing his AlphaTauri’s PU to overheat.

 

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