At the end of Mick Schumacher’s final Formula One race (for the time being), he was instructed to stop doing donuts on the racetrack.
The season finale at Abu Dhabi was not the kind of swansong Schumacher was hoping for as he dropped from P12 to P16 in the early laps of the race.
In his second stint, Schumacher tagged the Williams of Nicholas Latifi as tried to make a move on him at turn 5. The contact saw them both pirouette and Latifi hitting the wall. Schumacher managed to avoid this and was able to continue his way without damage, while Latifi had to bring his car inside to fix the problems on his car.
Schumacher was subsequently given a 5-second time penalty for his contact with the Canadian.
The Haas driver eventually ended up in P16, ahead of teammate Kevin Magnussen in P17 as he brought down the curtains on his F1 career for now.
Earlier, Haas had confirmed that Schumacher’s fellow compatriot Nico Hulkenberg will be replacing him on the team from 2023. With all the seats filled for the 2023 season, Schumacher won’t be returning to F1 till 2024 at the earliest.
Nevertheless, he tried to go out with a bang as he did some donuts to entertain the fans in the grandstands but he was told to stop by the team.
The team radio instructed,
“I’m sorry Mick, stop donuts, seriously. I’m sorry, but we just can’t.”
Schumacher ended his second F1 season in P16 with Haas.
Schumacher’s best chance of staying in Formula One is to join Mercedes as a reserve driver, where his father Michael Schumacher ended his illustrious career.
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