After crashing badly in qualifying and being rushed to a hospital in Jeddah for precautionary examinations, Mick Schumacher was ruled out of Sunday’s Saudi Formula One Grand Prix.

Despite being physically unharmed, the 23-year-old German Haas driver confirmed he will not compete in the season’s second race.

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“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,” team boss Guenther Steiner told reporters.

In two weeks, the next round will take place in Melbourne, Australia.

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After being removed from the broken car, which split in half when lifted onto a recovery truck and then carried by helicopter to the King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Schumacher was brought by ambulance to the circuit medical centre on Saturday.

“He has no injuries which you can see, they just wanted to check on him and do some scans to see that there is no damage from the impact,” Steiner told Sky Sports television.

He added Schumacher had spoken to his mother, Corinna, the son of seven-time world champion Michael.

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Near the time of impact with the concrete barriers at the exit of turn 10, the automobile was believed to be driving at 170mph (274kph), throwing debris across the tarmac, according to commentators.

The Corniche street circuit, which is floodlit, is one of the fastest on the schedule.

According to television replays, Schumacher, who was seventh fastest at the time, lost control of the car on the curbs, spinning it and slammed into the wall sideways.

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“Maybe he just tried a little bit too hard,” said Steiner. “Here if you make an error there’s no run-off. It’s walls.”

“Perhaps he just tried a little too hard,” Steiner speculated. “There is no run-off if you make a mistake here. It’s all about the walls.”

The incident was the second of the practice, with Williams’ Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi causing red flags in the first.

According to Steiner, the automobile would have had to be rebuilt, with parts from the crashed one sent back to the factory for inspection.

Kevin Magnussen of Denmark will be the sole Haas driver in Sunday’s race.