WATCH: Kimi Raikkonen & Mick Schumacher Narrowly Avoid a Dangerous Crash in the Pits at Turkish GP

Published 10/09/2021, 7:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Incidents occur not only on the racetrack during a Grand Prix weekend, but also in the pitlane. There have been a number of occasions where drivers have had near misses and crashes in the pits. And, this time at the Turkish GP, Kimi Raikkonen and Mick Schumacher almost collided with each other.

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As the two were getting ready to put in lap times around the Istanbul Park in the final practice session on Saturday, they almost took each other out. Thankfully, due to their quick reflexes, they avoided a horrible accident.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Schumacher and Raikkonen have a near miss in the pitlane in FP3

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Formula One is no stranger to accidents and near misses. As the Haas rookie was preparing to leave the pits, he wasn’t expecting the veteran driver to come out as well.

Thankfully, both were well aware of their surroundings and avoided a horrible crash in the pitlane. Additionally, Kimi came on the team radio and said to his Alfa Romeo colleagues, “Wait, wait, wait.”

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How did Mick Schumacher fare in the final practice session?

The German driver has been struggling to find the pace in the lackluster Haas car. This time, as he zipped around Istanbul Park, he failed to make an impact on the timesheet.

In the first practice session, he found himself in 19th place, just ahead of his teammate, Nikita Mazepin. However, instead of improving on his time in FP2, Mick still was stuck in the same spot on the timesheet.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

But for the FP3, Schumacher Jr improved on his time. The German driver was the 13th fastest of the session. Now, with an improved pace, Mick aims to have a stellar qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

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What are your predictions for the Haas rookie this weekend in Istanbul? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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