Sir Lewis Hamilton was seen checking on the condition of Haas driver Mick Schumacher after the German’s horrifying accident in qualifying for the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Having been already knocked out of qualifying in the first phase, Hamilton, like many others, watched on as Schumacher lost control of his Haas car on the kerb at Turn 11, slammed into the barrier at 170mph, and bounced down the circuit just beyond Turn 12.
The 23-year-old was sat in the car for a significant amount of time afterwards, but medical teams were quickly on the scene to remove him from the Haas and get him to a nearby hospital for further checks.
Hamilton was then pictured checking up on Schumacher following his scary accident.
“Lewis Hamilton went to check on Mick Schumacher after the Haas F1 Team driver’s enormous crash during qualifying for the Saudi Arabian GP,” tweeted RaceFans after journalist Claire Cottingham had taken the snap.
The Haas team themselves confirmed that their driver had been let go by the hospital and is doing fine.
“We can confirm that Mick has been released from hospital and has returned to his hotel,” they tweeted.
The Switzerland-born racer then took to social media himself to reassure fans that he is unharmed, and has vowed to bounce back from the collision.
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that I’m ok Thank you for the kind messages. The car felt great. we’ll come back stronger,” he posted.
Schumacher’s team-mate Kevin Magnussen managed to squeeze into Q3, but said his neck “broke” during the shootout, leaving him in tenth.
First and foremost, he expressed his relief that Schumacher is okay after the frightening impact with the barrier.
“I’ve heard Mick is uninjured which is good and incredible when you see the crash that he had,” he said.
“We have to be happy with Q3, but the car was better than P10, I didn’t get the most out of it.”
Haas reserve Pietro Fittipaldi will not be able to take the German’s place due to the fact that he would be unable to use the same gearbox, as this and the engine were destroyed in the crash.
“If one of the Competitor’s nominated drivers is unable to drive at some stage after the end of initial scrutineering, and the stewards consent to a change of driver, the replacement driver must use the engine, gearbox and tyres which were allocated to the original driver,” reads article 32.6 of the sporting regulations.