Ralf Schumacher has criticised his nephew Mick for his race-ending crash in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The younger Schumacher lost control of his Haas VF-22 after touching a wet patch of tarmac and crashed heavily at the Swimming Pool on Lap 24.
Mick’s car hit the TECPRO barriers with such force that it split in two, causing the race to be red flagged while marshals cleared the debris and rearranged the barriers.
After the race, Ralf pulled no punches in his assessment of Mick’s performance.
Mick’s mistake "punished mercilessly", says Ralf
"Mick had a weekend to forget," Ralf wrote in his column for Sky Germany.
"The crash in the race was his own fault. Other drivers drove past this point without any problems, but he didn't.
"At first I thought he had hit the barrier with his car and had a tyre that was slowly deflating, but that was not the cause of the crash.
"He drove over the wet part and you can't afford to make that mistake. This was punished mercilessly, as we saw.
"Not only was his race over, but the car was also badly damaged, which will have consequences for the budget of the team."
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Mick also missed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix earlier in the season after damaging his Haas during a high-speed practice shunt, and is still yet to score points since making his debut in F1 at the beginning of 2021.
Ralf noted that he hoped Haas would update the VF-22 in order to remain competitive, and backed his nephew to show better form as the season wears on.
"There have also been strong races. I hope the team brings updates. You can race as hard as you want, but it gets harder and harder to keep up with the rest," Ralf added.
"In any case, something has to be done to make Mick's life a little easier. Mick has to learn that mistakes like this can't happen, there's no doubt about it.
"When he became [F2] champion [in 2020], he showed that he can get through difficult periods in a season."
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