This is how Mick Schumacher’s accident happened!


Friday in the analysis

It is already 10 pm in Suzuka and with that we say goodbye for today. Finally, there is a reference to our large analysis with Kevin Scheuren and Stefan Ehlen.

For nearly an hour, the two spoke again today about the most important topics of the day. The following was planned:

– Is the Mercedes shape real?
– Mick Schumacher crashes during Friday practice
– What’s in it for Vettel at Suzuka
– The new Ferrari underbody
– Alfa Romeo in top 10 after update
– Tire test cancelled, but training extended anyway
– Latifi: Wrong exit in the chicane!

Here we continue tomorrow as usual with a new ticker edition. A quick look at key times on Saturday (CEST):

05:00 FT3
8:00 am: Qualification

The PK of the team bosses is already at 2:30 am. Of course, we will also be submitting key statements here in the ticker tomorrow during the day.

Happy Friday, have fun with our analysis and see you tomorrow!

Analysis: That’s how Mick Schumacher’s accident happened!

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Formula 1 Friday in Suzuka in the analysis: how Mick Schumacher crashed, what he is doing now and whether the Mercedes form from training is real!

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2:53 pm

“Productive Friday” for Ferrari

Lots of rain, but nevertheless Carlos Sainz reveals: “We were able to learn a few things in these wet conditions. So overall it was a productive Friday.” The teammate sees it that way too.

“In terms of performance, it was generally a good first day on track,” said Charles Leclerc, who also knows: “Tomorrow’s weather should be very different from today. That’s why FT3 will be an important session for us.”

There you have to “adapt to the conditions as quickly as possible” to prepare for qualifying. Because according to the current state of affairs, this will take place on dry land.

2:43 pm

A round of Suzuka

Over the decades, we’ve seen a lot of footage aboard Suzuka. But this is new: for the first time we can accompany Fernando Alonso on a round in Japan thanks to his helmet camera!

Unfortunately “only” one round in the rain, but still.

2:33 pm

special helmet

And this weekend another special helmet design! Will it bring luck to Alexander Albon? He needed it after being injured in Monza and then crashing out of the race in Singapore…

2:21 pm

Ferrari: the new bottom plate for Suzuka

Yesterday we talked about the new Ferrari underbody here in the ticker. Our technical experts have already made a first analysis!

Their observation: changes have been made to the floor supports, the design of the bottom plate and no doubt the flexibility of certain points of the bottom plate.

The full analysis is here!

Photos: F1: Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) 2022

2:07 pm

Haas: P7 in the World Cup remains the target

Most recently in Singapore, the US squad lost P7 in the World Championship and is now three points behind Aston Martin. “We were P7 in the Constructors’ Championship for most of the year,” said Kevin Magnussen, who is eager to regain that position.

It would be “really cool” to finish seventh after Haas has had some rough years. But the Dane also knows: “It is difficult, because we are currently having a hard time getting points.”

The last points for Haas were in July at Spielberg. Nevertheless, Magnussen sees “an opportunity” for P7 and explains optimistically: “There are some routes that should be better for us.”

However, in the World Championship there is also the risk of falling behind AlphaTauri to P9. The Red Bull sister team is already right on points with Haas in Singapore.

13:53 o’clock

Pole position in German hands

For tomorrow’s qualifying, that’s an exciting statistic I just found in our large database: since 1994, pole at Suzuka has only gone to a driver who is not from Germany!

Michael Schumacher has since been on pole eight times, Sebastian Vettel five times, three poles went to Nico Rosberg and once to Ralf Schumacher. Makes 17 German Poles in the last 24 Suzuka races.

Not a bad quote…

13:37 o’clock

The most creative and dedicated fans…

? By the way, there is also a short video from Japan here! We’ve kind of missed that over the past two years, haven’t we?

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