The 2021 season induced a lot of smiles on the faces of Michael Schumacher’s fans when they finally got to see the name, ‘Schumacher’, making its way back onto the timesheets, this time via his son, Mick Schumacher.
Consequently, being the son of a 7-time world champion, and also the 2020 F2 world champion himself, big hopes were dwelling on the young German despite the fact that he was racing for a fairly underwhelming Haas F1 team.
Unfortunately, Mick wasn’t able to shine as much and completed his rookie season almost at the bottom of the standings. But, there’s something that makes him look much worse than his even more struggling teammate, Nikita Mazepin.
Mick Schumacher struggling more than Mazepin?
We wouldn’t really acknowledge that considering Mick made it to Q2 twice this year as opposed to his teammate’s zero. Also, Mick has often competed against much superior Williams and Alfa Romeo drivers, showing his racing prowess on the track despite driving an inferior car.
But, results aren’t what Haas needed in the first place because they knew very well that they wouldn’t be able to compete for points just yet. All Haas needed was a clean season from their two rookie drivers. In this case, while Mazepin somehow managed to impress the team, Mick, on the other hand, couldn’t as much.
Sky Sports F1 released an interesting seasonal statistic that depicted the most damage costs per racing driver. And, to Mick’s poor luck, he’s leading the race in this infamous category.
Schumacher fails to keep his Haas off the barriers
The German has suffered one too many crashes this season, with the latest arriving at the final race of the season. Consequently, he stands tall as the most expensive driver on the track, with his incidents costing the team over €4 million (€4,212,500 to be precise).
Behind Schumacher on the list was Charles Leclerc, who yielded around €200,000 less. (€4,046,000). Then arrived Max Verstappen with an unwanted price tag of €3,889,000. Followed by the 2021 world champion, it was Nicholas Latifi with €3,116,500. And finally, closing out the top 5 was Valtteri Bottas with €2,713,500.
Meanwhile, Schumacher’s teammate, Mazepin was placed in P8 costing the team a total of 2,468,000. That should give Haas a sigh of relief, if not a lot, at least a bit. But, can Schumacher prevent the repeat of such a shunt-induced season in 2022?