During Q2, Schumacher suffered a high-speed crash into the concrete walls at Turn 10 after losing control over his car on the kerbs.
Schumacher’s car was virtually destroyed by the side-on impact but following a lengthy extrication a first check-up at the Jeddah street track’s medical center revealed no physical injuries.
Nevertheless, Schumacher was airlifted by helicopter to the nearby King Fahad Armed Forces hospital for extra precautionary checks.
Haas team boss Gunther Steiner ruled out the possibility of Schumacher taking part in Sunday’s grand prix.
“The best thing is that Mick has apparently no injuries, he’s in the hospital right now and being evaluated by the doctors, so he is in good hands at the moment,” Steiner said in a team statement.
“There is a possibility that he’ll have to stay for observation overnight at the hospital. Based on these facts and where we are, we have decided not to field his car tomorrow.”
Later on Saturday night, however, Schumacher was allowed to leave the hospital and posted a picture of himself from his hotel room on social media.
During the long red flag which followed Schumacher’s accident, Steiner had already hinted at withdrawing the car.
“Taking any risk tomorrow it’s not on, you know, and we are in two weeks in Melbourne, and it’s better to focus on that one to make sure that we are in a good state there,” Steiner told F1 TV.
“The car, there would be nothing left, everything needs to go back to be checked anyway after an impact like this, so you need to build a complete new car.”
Steiner revealed that the team had no radio communication with Schumacher after the impact, meaning the team had to wait for confirmation on its driver’s condition.
“We didn’t have any contact with radio with him because everything with the impact, it’s all digital, it broke up,” he explained.
“So we didn’t know anything. But then we got the message that he’s conscious, that was the most important thing. And then as soon as they had him down, they said he had no exterior injuries.”
Marshals recover the remains of the car driven by Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, after a heavy crash in Q2
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