F1: Schumacher crowned ‘crash world champion’ of 2021 (Update)

Updated with full crash damage list below.

December 21, 2021 

(GMM) Mick Schumacher racked up the highest repair bill for his team than any other driver on the 2021 grid.

That is the claim of several authoritative sources, including Kolner Express and Bild newspaper.

They report that detailed analyses have calculated Schumacher’s repair bill for Haas this year at over EUR 4.2 million, marginally ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Rookie Mick’s uncle Ralf Schumacher aimed fire at the sensational headline in Bild newspaper, which crowned the 22-year-old as F1’s “crash world champion”.

“That’s the reason why I don’t do anything for Bild,” former F1 driver Ralf said, accusing the major German broadsheet of publishing “bad and badly researched reports”.

Indeed, Mick’s mentor Sebastian Vettel hailed Schumacher’s first season in F1.

“He held up well in the worst car in the field,” said the quadruple world champion.

“His main task was leaving his teammate Mazepin behind him, and he accomplished that with ease.

“Now I wish for him a better car that does justice to his talent in 2022,” Vettel told the Swiss newspaper Blick.

Full list of 2021 driver crash costs in Euros (as quoted by Sky Germany)

1 Mick Schumacher (Haas) 4,212,500
2 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 4,046,000
3 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 3,889,000
4 Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 3,116,500
5 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 2,713,500
6 Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 2,686,000
7 Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) 2,606,500
8 Nikita Mazepin (Haas) 2,468,000
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1,950,000
10 George Russell (Williams) 1,845,000
11 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 1,756,000
12 Lando Norris (McLaren) 1,453,000
13 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1,235,000
14 Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1,113,000
15 Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 939,000
16 Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 854,000
17 Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 713,000
18 Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 660,000
19 Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 315,000
20 Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 280,000