A Sunday to forget for the Haas team that this weekend did not manage to score any points.
At the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, the US team finished with a double retirement: Kevin Magnussen's car had to be retired due to a power unit problem, while teammate Mick Schumacher was unfortunately the protagonist of a heavy crash at Lap 27.
The German driver was chasing the Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu through the Swimming Pool complex when he lost his Haas VF-22, spearing right into the barriers before sliding heavily into the Tecpros. The impact was quite significant and the rear of the car ripped from the main chassis.
Luckily he was able to get out of the car by himself before being checked over by the medical staff.
Speaking to the media after the race, Schumacher labelled the crash as “very annoying”.
“I’m feeling alright. Obviously it’s very annoying. I think in terms of pace we were definitely there, it’s just a matter of keeping it on track, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that.”
“The pace felt strong, and it felt like we were able to attack and push. We just ended up being a little too wide, which is maybe a matter of 10cm at the end, and that was enough to lose all grip that you thought you had. And unfortunately the result is as it happened.”
The huge impact concerned the other drivers, including Sebastian Vettel. The Aston Martin driver, in post-race interviews with outlets that included MotorLAT, expressed his relief at seeing his compatriot get out of the car on his feet and fine: “I was happy to hear on the radio that he was fine.”
“It’s so easy to get it wrong so quickly, I don’t know exactly what happened to him, I haven’t see it, but the main thing is that he is okay. There’s no doubt he is capable of doing a lot more than what he is showing at the minute” - concluded the four-time World Champion by sending a message of support to Schumacher.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner certainly did not hide his disappointment at the performance of the German driver on Sunday.
“With Mick we obviously saw what happened,” said the team principal. “It’s not very satisfactory having a big crash again.”
It is in fact the second incident starring Schumacher this year. He also suffered of a major crash in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which forced him to miss the race.
“We need to see how we move forward from here,” added Steiner.
After the Monaco GP, Haas remains eighth out of 10 teams in the constructors’ standings.