Laurin Heinrich, who drove his first season powered by Heinrich Motorsport with the support of his family, not only literally experienced the downside of racing.
After securing P23 in Qualifying the 15-year-old would still start third from the Rookie perspective in the first two races. Additionally, the German planned to extend his third place in the Rookie Championship. But it turned out that sit wasn't supposed to be.
Before the first corner, another contender who had lost his steering due to a contact immediately after the start collided with Heinrich at approximately 170kph. His white/blue/green race car was levered out and flipped, leaving the German as passenger. After hitting the wall, the car continued to slide down the start-finish straight, eventually coming to a stop.
The race was red flagged, with Heinrich first being taken to the medical centre followed by precautionary hospitalisation, when he complained about back and neck pain. Having decided to leave the hospital, the 15-year-old could already be seen in the paddock again in the afternoon. Apart from bruising and continuous neck pain, he felt fine. “The doctors told me to stay in the hospital for two days, but I already left in the afternoon on own responsibility, so I was back at the track a few hours after my crash“, wrote Heinrich on his Facebook page.
However it turned out that not only his weekend, but also his first ADAC F4 season was already over. Heinrich's race car got heavily damaged and with the final round at Hockenheim just around the corner, so it won't be possible for him to race. “Nevertheless I'll be there as a visitor! I was already looking forward to these last two tracks, but now we have to start focussing on next year. I want to thank the marshals, who instantly turned my flipped car around, as well as the doctors. But also a BIG "thank you" to all the drivers, teams and fans who came upon my team or me to ask about my health state! This showed us that the paddock is like a big family,” concluded Heinrich.