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Schumacher excluded from Saudi Arabia Grand Prix after crash

Filip Cleeren

During the second quarter, Schumacher suffered a quick crash into concrete walls in Turn 10 after losing control of his car on the sidewalks.

Schumacher’s car was virtually destroyed by a side collision but after a long exit, a first check was conducted on the Jeddah Street lane. The medical center revealed that there were no physical injuries.

However, Schumacher was flown by helicopter to the nearby King Fahd Hospital of the Armed Forces for additional precautionary checks.

Haas boss Gunther Steiner has ruled out the possibility of Schumacher participating in Sunday’s Grand Prix.

“The best thing is that Mick apparently has no injuries, he’s in the hospital now and is being evaluated by doctors, so he’s in good hands at the moment,” Steiner said in a team statement.

“There is a possibility that he will have to remain for observation overnight in the hospital. Based on these facts and our whereabouts, we have decided not to leave his car tomorrow.”

But later on Saturday evening, Schumacher was allowed to leave the hospital and posted a picture of himself from his hotel room on social media.

During the long red flag that followed the Schumacher accident, Steiner did hint that the car would be towed.

“Take any risk tomorrow it’s not going to run, you know, we’re in a couple of weeks in Melbourne and it’s better to focus on that to make sure we’re in good shape there,” Steiner told F1 TV.

“The car, there’s nothing left, everything needs to come back to be checked anyway after a crash like this, so you need to build a whole new car.”

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Steiner revealed that the team had no radio contact with Schumacher after the collision, meaning the team had to wait for confirmation of its driver’s condition.

“We had no radio contact with him because everything had an impact, everything was digital, it collapsed,” he explained.

“So we didn’t know anything. But then we got the message that he was conscious, that was the most important thing. And then once they hit him, they said he had no external injuries.”

Marshals recover the remains of the car driven by Mick Schumacher, the Haas VF-22, after a severe crash in Q2

Photography: Andy Hoon / motorsports pictures