Schumacher ‘didn’t see’ Latifi in Abu Dhabi F1 crash

Both men spun as Schumacher collided with the Williams driver, and although both were initially able to continue, Latifi lost time in the pits for damage inspection, then retired with an electrical problem.

Schumacher, who received a five-second penalty for causing a collision, finished his last race for Haas in 16th place.

“Generally with these cars you don’t have a great overview of what’s going on around you,” Schumacher said when asked about the incident by Motorsport.com.

“I mean, the tires are very high, the steering wheel is in your face. So it braked a little bit, went wide, and then went back on the track. And I didn’t expect that, to be fair.”

“And I just didn’t see it. So frustrating at the end, I still managed to put in some good laps, but at the end, the tires were just gone. So yeah, frustrating, not the best.” But we will look forward.”

Asked if he accepted the penalty as fair, he said: “To be honest, I don’t really care.”

Schumacher admitted that it had not been his best race for the team.

“In a lap things always look a little different because as a driver you can really get the most out of the race.”

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22

Photo by: Andy Hone/Motorsport Images

“It’s a little harder [in the race] I would say just because you have different components, the winds change, the tires at the moment you lock up, the tools, the systems, everything has to be perfect to get the best out of the race. And today that just wasn’t the case.”

Schumacher insisted that his final outing did not feel any different.

“Not really, actually, I was surprised. It didn’t feel like it was the last race of the season. And two, it didn’t feel like my last race. So again, my mind is pretty much set on coming.” back in 24″.

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Schumacher is expected to have a reserve driver role for Mercedes next year, which will mean he will be available for other teams as well.

However, he brushed off the suggestion that he would be the logical first choice for any team that might need a driver in the near future.

“I wouldn’t say I feel like I’m on pole position, but I’m sure I’ll be able to put something in line for myself that I’m comfortable with.”

“I’ve shown my pace, and I know a lot of people in the paddock are happy with how I’ve developed, so I’m sure he’ll be able to speak to a lot of teams.”

Asked if he was close to securing a booking deal, he said: “You’ll find out.”

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