Schumacher
Schumacher

Schumacher the Mr Dodgem of F1

MICK Schumacher cost his team more money in crashes than any other driver during the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Sky Germany has revealed the repair bills each driver racked up, with Schumacher shading top spot over Charles Leclerc.

The Haas rookie’s position at #1 will come as little surprise because he was actually called out by his team boss Guenther Steiner for exactly the same reason.

In the summer, Steiner, referring to Schumacher’s crashes, most notably in Monaco, France and Hungary, said: “Mick in the last five races had

quite a few big ones. It’s a lot of money and for no good reason. They are getting a little bit too frequent and too heavy.”

That prompted a spat with the 22-year-old driver’s uncle Ralf, an ex-F1 racer himself, who accused Steiner of washing dirty laundry in public.

Nevertheless, according to Sky Germany, Schumacher’s accidents resulted in damage of more than 4.2 million Euros – putting him at the top of the chart, just ahead of Ferrari driver Leclerc.

Multiply that by 1.57 to get the value in Australian folding money.

The Monegasque’s highest-profile crash of the season, was ironically the one that cemented his pole position for his home race in Monte Carlo, as it brought out the red flags and truncated the ‘flying’ laps of those trying to challenge him.

The sting in the tail, however, was that Leclerc was unable to take the start for the Monaco Grand Prix due to the extent of damage his car

had sustained.

At the other end of the scale, Alpine got away extremely lightly as its drivers, Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, kept it remarkably clean in

comparison.

According to the figures quoted, Alonso and Ocon, in 19th and 20th positions respectively, incurred less damage between them than

Sebastian Vettel in 18th.

Here’s the full list of 2021 driver crash costs in Euros (as quoted by Sky Germany)

  1. Mick Schumacher (Haas) 4,212,500
  2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 4,046,000
  3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 3,889,000
  4. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 3,116,500
  5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 2,713,500
  6. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 2,686,000
  7. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) 2,606,500
  8. Nikita Mazepin (Haas) 2,468,000
  9. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1,950,000
  10. George Russell (Williams) 1,845,000
  11. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 1,756,000
  12. Lando Norris (McLaren) 1,453,000
  13. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1,235,000
  14. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1,113,000
  15. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 939,000
  16. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 854,000
  17. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 713,000
  18. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 660,000
  19. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 315,000
  20. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 280,000

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