Qualifying in doubt for Mick Schumacher in Hungary

Haas face a race to get Mick Schumacher’s car ready for Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying after he crashed in FP3.

The German made a solid start to the weekend on Friday, finishing in P17 and P18 in FP1 and FP2 respectively, not making any major mistakes.

The same can’t be said for the third and final practice session in Budapest though as he crashed out with just 15 minutes to go.

Going through the high-speed Turn 11 on a flying lap, he lost control of the rear-end of his car and went off and into the tyre wall heavily. In fact, according to the team, it was an impact of over 30G.

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To make matters worse, he went into the wall sideways, meaning that the front, back and side of the car all picked up heavy damage.

Such damage will be difficult for the team to repair in the short amount of time before qualifying gets underway, especially if the gearbox was affected.

Schumacher himself is thankfully unharmed and has been the all-clear by medics to compete in the session if his car is ready in time. The team themselves have said it’s too soon to say whether that will be the case or not.

“He’s okay, he’s doing okay. He came back to the garage to look at the car,” Guenther Steiner told Sky Sports after FP3.

“The car is not okay. The car is pretty heavily damaged and the guys can make a decision in half an hour if he can make it out for qualifying or not.

“They will put their maximum effort into making it happen but just not sure how much is damaged; when you take the parts off then you see.”

The rookie did at least get a decent lap on the board before retiring, doing a 1:19.406 to end the session in P19, half a second up on team-mate Nikita Mazepin and three-tenths behind Antonio Giovinazzi.

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