Mick Schumacher says a 10-centimetre mistake was the cause of a massive Monaco Grand Prix crash that left his car split in two.
The Haas driver was racing through the high-speed Swimming Pool section of Circuit de Monaco when he lost control of his car. That saw him skate sideward on the damp track and into the barrier at dangerous speeds.
The car was left broken in two, as it is designed to do in order to absorb the immense force of a high-speed crash, with the race needing to be red flagged.
But Schumacher says that straying just 10 centimetres off the drying racing line and onto the damp asphalt was enough to cause the crash, demonstrating the risks of racing at Monaco in wet conditions.
Schumacher okay after concerning Monaco crash
Schumacher was taken to the medical centre for checks following the crash, but was soon given the all-clear by medics.
It is not the first time this season that the German driver has been involved in a high-speed shunt after he required immediate medical attention following an incident at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
"I'm feeling alright, it’s very annoying," he said, after the crash. "In terms of pace, we were definitely there and it’s just a matter of keeping it on track. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do that.
"I went a bit too wide, probably about 10 centimetres in the end, and that’s enough to lose all the grip that you thought you had and the result is what happened.”
Haas cannot afford too many more big crashes
While some teams are calling for F1's budget cap to be lifted amid rising inflation and freight costs, Haas find themselves fighting to survive on a budget well below the $140 million spending limit.
Schumacher's car-wrecking shunt is his second of the season and will have only cost the team yet more of their limited finances.
Haas boss Guenther Steiner added: "It’s not very satisfactory having a big crash again. We need to see how we move forward from here.”
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