In the 23rd lap, Mick Schumacher is called into the pit lane.
The Formula 1 rookie will get new tires at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Routine for team and driver.
But Schumacher slowed down minimally on the approach and came to a halt a few centimeters later than planned. The mechanics reacted with lightning speed and backed away. Nobody was injured. The Haas was sent back to the track without any loss of time. A moment of shock for Schumacher, he radioed into the pit lane: “Is everyone okay? Sorry for that. ”His racing engineer Gary Gannon reassured him:“ Everyone is fine. ”But the incident persisted after the race. After crossing the finish line, he asked again over the radio how the team is doing: “Is everyone okay after the stop? I am really sorry."
How much that obviously bothered him, you could see Schumacher in the interview with Sky.
“It was more difficult than expected, and of course also frustrating because the stop gave everyone a bit of a fright, including me.
The main thing is that the boys are fine, ”he said.
Mick Schumacher experienced a moment of shock during a pit stop in Barcelona
Source: pa / Hasan Bratic
"He was very worried that he had injured someone," said Haas team boss Günther Steiner.
According to the 56-year-old, the team member has already "experienced worse pit stops" and is doing well.
"Our car is simply no longer possible"
Steiner, who has enjoyed cult status at least since the first season of the Netflix series “Drive To Survive”, supported his protégé after the race. Not just because of the mini brakes. According to the Haas boss, Schumacher has been doing a good job in his first year in Formula 1. “Our car is simply no longer possible,” said the South Tyrolean. In his fourth race on Sunday, Schumacher took 18th and penultimate place in his Haas car. He only left his team mate Nikita Masepin and the early retired Yuki Tsunoda from Alpha Tauri behind.
The 22-year-old Schumacher quickly made up positions after a strong start from position 18, but was unable to defend them in the defeated car during the race.
“Sometimes he was overtaken before the braking zone,” said Steiner.
“It's always disappointing when you start so well and then lose your positions again.” However, the newcomer “finished well.
His race was constant. "
But the bad placements are factored in by the racing team.
Haas has already stopped developing the car for this year and is focusing on 2022. From next season, among other things, extensive rule changes will take effect.
Then the US racing team wants to compete again with a competitive racing car.
Günther Steiner (center) with his two rookie drivers Schumacher (left) and Masepin (right)
Source: pa / empics / James Moy
Schumacher can hardly hope for a trip into the top ten and thus his first World Cup points in the coming weeks.
So far, with one exception, he has only left behind those drivers who did not finish the race.
“You can't be happy,” said Steiner about the previous record.
While Schumacher shows at least good approaches, his Russian team-mate Masepin has again significantly bigger problems.
He was knocked off last in Spain.
Even Schumacher drove away from him in the same bad car, as he did in Portugal.