Schumacher escapes high-speed shunt

World Championship leader Michael Schumacher has escaped unhurt from a huge testing smash at the Monza circuit after hitting the barriers at the second chicane at over 120mph

Schumacher escapes high-speed shunt

The German driver reported his F2001 lost grip at the rear wheels under heavy braking for the the Variante della Roggia chicane, which is approached at more than 200 mph. The Ferrari hit the barrier just after midday on the first day of a four-day test at the Italian Grand Prix venue.

Reports say that both front wheels came off the F2001 in the initial impact. The car then slid along the barrier for the entire length of the escape road, before hitting the tyre barrier at the end.

Michael's brother Ralf was passing the spot just after the accident took place. He stopped his Williams-BMW on the track to check his sibling was okay and was taken back to the pits by a circuit car.

Schumacher got out of the car and was immediately taken to the circuit's medical centre. The German walked unaided from the safety car to the centre and was later released after a quick check-up.

Ferrari reports that Schumacher is in good shape and no specific problems were revealed during the check-up. The German then joined his engineers to watch footage and study telemetry data to try and understand the cause of the accident.

The car is beyond repair at the circuit and will have to be taken back to the team's Maranello headquarters, potentially bringing the Scuderia's Monza test to an end. Schumacher has now left the track and is on his way home.

For full test report on day one at Monza, click here.

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