The Ferrari engine in the rear leaves Mick Schumacher at the Canadian Grand Prix. On the way to the desired first points in Formula 1, the Haas drive went on strike. The 23-year-old has to park the car immediately and then struggles with fate.
Mick Schumacher curses over the pit radio, the international direction of Formula 1 simply puts a long beep over the obviously adult words of the 23-year-old. On lap 20 of the Canadian Grand Prix, the Haas driver was fighting for seventh place when the VF22 suddenly disappeared from view. It's not a driving error that shatters the dream of the first points in the Formula 1 World Championship, but a technical defect. Schumacher steers the car into the run-off area and parks it in such a way that it can be pushed off the track quickly. There was no reward for the strong qualifying, instead the US racing team tweeted: "Mick has to finish the race."
In the Sky interview, Schumacher then confirmed the suspicion that Haas had already sent in the first tweet. Namely that the Ferrari engine has said goodbye. "Completely broken" was one of the components, says Schumacher: "We then had to stop immediately because otherwise more would have broken." As "very annoying" he summarizes the failure through no fault of his own. With a view to the first World Championship points, which are still tangible despite the 50 laps left, Schumacher says: "Today would have been the day." Instead, he also remains 30th attempt without countable.
For Schumacher it is the next setback at a time when his future in Formula 1 beyond the current season is still unclear. The contract with Haas expires at the end of the year. After Schumacher's serious and expensive accidents in Jeddah and Monaco, team boss Günther Steiner demanded that the German finally make it into the top ten. In Montreal, however, this time it was not a driver's error that ended the race, but the Ferrari engine that Haas was driving.
Although the engines from Maranello are powerful, doubts about their reliability grow with every Grand Prix. A week ago in Baku, Ferrari hopeful Charles Leclerc had to park his car with the rear smoking, and three other Ferrari-powered drivers did not reach the finish line either. Leclerc, who fell from first to third place in the World Championship after a strong start to the season, had to start from the end of the field in Canada because of this defect. Already in the 9th of 22 races, the Scuderia exceeds the number of components allowed for the entire season for several components. A punitive transfer that will soon be unavoidable for Schumacher as well.