WATCH: Mick Schumacher’s Dangerous Crash Brings Out the Red Flag at French GP

Published 06/19/2021, 9:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman


The first qualifying session in the French Grand Prix ended on a sour note. Haas’ Mick Schumacher brought out the second red flag after crashing into the barriers at the notorious Turn 6.

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Although the German made it to the second qualifying session for the first time in his career, he will not be taking any further part in qualifying.

Mick Schumacher brings out the session-ending red flag

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Schumacher put in a decent lap early on to go 14th fastest in Q1. However, with just under 2 minutes left, the German lost control of his car at Turn 6 during his last flying lap of the session.

This brought out the second red flag in Q1 after Yuki Tsunoda lost control of his AlphaTauri in the first five minutes. However, unlike the first red flag, the second red flag ended the session because only 22 seconds were left.

Although Schumacher finished 14th fastest, the German will not take part in Q2 because of the damage done to his car. Despite Schumacher’s talent, this crash in Le Castellet adds to a growing list of crashes for the 22-year-old in his rookie F1 season.

What impact did Schumacher’s crash have on Q1 in Le Castellet?

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The German’s crash brought out a session-ending red flag. Although some drivers were in the pits, others were on flying laps, attempting to make it out of Q1.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman

The red flag meant Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll didn’t set a time, which eliminated him from Q1. Schumacher’s teammate Nikita Mazepin, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen joined Stroll and Tsunoda to exit in Q1.

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Despite the crash, Schumacher will start from P15 in tomorrow’s race. Although it is Haas’ best result in a qualifying session, they face a race against time to fix the German’s car in time for Sunday.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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