Black ribbon and custom paint at Haas |
Why Mick mourns in Austin
Bad news for the team of Mick Schumacher (23)!
The Haas team wears black armbands in the paddock in Austin, Texas. In addition, Mick and his colleague Kevin Magnussen (30) have a special paint finish on the front wing of their car.
The sad reason: A team member lost a battle with cancer.
On Thursday afternoon local time, Haas employees learned that their colleague Harvey Cook had passed away. The young man had been with Haas since 2019, first as a mechanic with the US race team, most recently working from the factory to fight his illness.
“In memory of our friend and colleague Harvey Cook who sadly passed away yesterday,” the team wrote on Twitter.
A team in mourning over a race weekend that really had something to celebrate: Before the sad news, Haas had suggested the new title sponsor of the 2023 season. Its new namesake from next year is fintech company MoneyGram, replacing Uralkali as title sponsor, with whom the partnership ended before the start of the current season due to the Russian war.
In the first free practice Mick set the 15th fastest time. In the afternoon session, Texan time, his teammate was not Kevin Magnussen as usual, but Antonio Giovinazzi (28). The Italian is a reserve driver at Ferrari and recently raced in Formula E, where he finished his season without a point.
In order to be ready for the Scuderia in the event of a reserve order, he has to drive two test sessions in Haas, in Austin and in Monza. Haas will get the engine and some other parts from Ferrari. A complete Formula 1 newcomer drove the Ferrari itself on Friday afternoon: Robert Shwartzman (23), who was Mick’s teammate at Prema in Formula 2, completed one of two mandatory junior driver sessions this year.
For the Italian Giovinazzi, however, the session was anything but successful. He crashed and damaged the transmission of Magnussen’s car.
Qualifying for the Austin Grand Prix on Sunday (9pm / Sky) will not start until midnight German time on the night from Saturday to Sunday.