Schumacher airlifted to hospital after massive qualifying crash
By Mat Coch
Sunday 27th March, 2022 - 5:00am
Mick Schumacher suffered a highspeed crash during Qualifying for the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The German had progressed to Qualifying 2 during which he ran wide at Turn 10, mounting the kerbing at Turn 11.
That fired him back across the road into a bare concrete wall, tearing the wheels off the right-hand-side and splitting the car in half.
Schumacher remained in the car for some time, medical crews attending the scene quickly.
The team confirmed he was conscious and talking with the medical team before being transferred to an ambulance and taken to the circuit medical centre.
An update from the team advised Schumacher appeared physically fine, spoke with his mother, and was airlifted to hospital for precautionary scans
A statement from the FIA confirmed:
“The FIA advises that an incident occurred during Qualifying for the 2022 FIA Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix today, 26/03/22, involving car #47, Mick Schumacher.
“Assessment at the Medical Centre revealed no injuries, and he has been transferred to King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, for precautionary checks.”
Speaking with Sky Sports, team boss Guenther Steiner shared what he knew of Schumacher’s condition.
“I didn’t speak with him directly. He spoke with his mom, I spoke with his mom a few times and kept kept her updated,” he said.
“He has no injuries, which you can see they just wanted to check on him doing some scans to see that there is no damage from the impact from the forces.
“It seems like he has got on the kerb and then just lost a car, double, we’d spin and you know how quick it goes.
“It shows how our safety cars are,” he added.
“They increased chassis stiffness this year from after the accident for Romain [Grosjean].
“For sure these things do they help and I mean, again, you need to be lucky as well.
“But the most important thing is that the driver is okay.”
The incident triggered an immediate red flag with just under five minutes remaining on the clock in Qualifying 2.
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