A lot of action went down in the final race of the year, both in front and at the end of the grid. Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi were involved in a collision during the Sunday event in Abu Dhabi, which has been for both drivers their last race in F1 with the teams they have been racing for the past years.
On Lap 40, the former Haas driver collided with the former Williams driver, sending both his own and his rival's cars spinning. While Latifi was later forced to retire his car, Schumacher was able to conclude the race in P16, in spit of the five seconds time penalty he had received for causing the collision.
The German driver discussed his point of view on the accident after therace, mentioning as its main cause a lack of visibility due to the high tyres:
“In general with these cars you don’t really have a big overview of what is happening in your surroundings. I mean, the tyres are super high, the steering wheel is in your face. I think he outbraked himself a bit, went wide, and then came back onto the track. And I didn’t expect that, to be fair."
Schumacher had started the race just out of the top ten in P12, and would have hoped for points, or a better end to his two years long Formula 1 experience with the American team.
“And I just simply didn’t see him. Frustrating at the end, I still managed to kind of get some good laps in, but by the end, the tyres were just gone. So yeah, a frustrating one, not the best, but we’ll look ahead.”
Nicholas Latifi also gave his view on the dynamics of the accident, which ended his final race with Williams after three years as a driver and taking on the role of Reserve Driver for the British team in 2019: "Obviously, today was not a good end."
"We had the incident with Mick, and then the electronic issue towards the end, I'm not sure if the two were related, either way there was quite a lot of smoke coming through the cockpit at the end there, so I was just kind of waiting for a fire to start."
"Obviously, today... it is what it was," the Canadian concluded, upset to have ended his time in the top championship with a DNF.