Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton might have dominated the world championship standings, but there was one F1 drivers’ table that carried an entirely different outlook.
The name Schumacher atop of the drivers’ standings was once a familiar sight for F1 fans, and history has now repeated itself this season.
Unfortunately for the German legend’s son Mick however, he tops a rather unwanted table, having racked up almost £4 million in repair costs following a series of crashes in 2021.
The 22-year-old played his part in a chaotic Saudi Arabia Grand Prix this month, the penultimate race of the season, after careering into the wall at Turn 23 and triggering a red flag, with the race then having to restart.
The incident caused extensive damage to the Haas driver’s car, and ultimately secured him the honour that every competitor is desperate to avoid with his eventual sum totalling £3.58 million.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was second on the list having caused £3.44 million worth of damage, while world champion Max Verstappen’s high-profile collisions with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone and Monza contributed to his third-placed total of £3.31 million.
Undoubtedly, the most notorious crash of the campaign was saved until last when Williams driver Nicholas Latifi lost control in Abu Dhabi, inadvertently setting up a dramatic finish at the Yas Marina, with the Canadian since revealing he has received a barrage of social media abuse since the race.
He was fourth on the list with costs of £2.65 million, while Valtteri Bottas, who has now left Mercedes for Alfa Romeo, was fifth having racked up bills of more than £2.31 million.
Lance Stroll (£2.28 million), Yuki Tsunoda (£2.22 million), Nikita Mazepin (£2.10 million), Kimi Raikkonen (£1.6 million) and George Russell (£1.57 million) made up the top ten.
Hamilton meanwhile, ended up in 13th, having cost the ‘Silver Arrows’ just over a million, less than a third of the costs amassed by title rival Verstappen.
It would have been the Alpine team however, left most satisfied by the survey, that was undertaken by German newspaper Bild , with their two drivers proving by far the most economical in terms of crash costs.
F1 legend Fernando Alonso was 19th having set his team back just £268,308, and teammate Esteban Ocon completed the list in 20th place – effectively last – with a total of £238,491.
Schumacher meanwhile, will drive again for Haas in 2022, but has also been named as a reserve driver for Ferrari.