Was it a race incident or was it avoidable? Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld were battling for the win in the first FIA Formula E Championship race held in Beijing.
The Venturi driver closed the gap to his rival and was on a charge to snatch the leading position. Racing towards the last corner, Prost looked in his right sided mirror. Shortly after that Heidfeld choose to go left into the inside of Prost in order to overtake. The e.Dams-Renault driver turned slightly to the left and both collided. The German went sideways and was launched into the air when the electric race car touched the curbstones. The wall was not far away and a massive crash was the result. Heidfeld stepped out of the car quickly and ran to Prost hearing out his story.
“Thankfully I’m okay. It surprised me that it didn’t hurt more,” Heidfeld commented after the race. “Until the point of the crash it was a fantastic race. A great start put us in fourth and our pit stop went well, gaining another two places. I saved a lot of energy but was also being able to attack. I pulled alongside Nico before the last corner and for there rest there was nothing I could do.”
Heidfeld, sharing a car in the World Endurance Championship with Prost, continued: “We spoke after the incident and he obviously has a different opinion than I do. Maybe he changes his mind when he watches the tape. I’m sure it is possible to overtake there. It is disappointing, but I’m not mad at him. This is racing.”
Prost had indeed a different take on the incident with Heidfeld. “I didn’t see him and it is disappointing to lose the victory like this. I was in the middle of the track when I braked for the corner, just to be safe. But he was next to me and already hit my wheel. I didn’t think he would try something like this. There is no way to overtake there. Shame losing the first Formula E win.”
Later on twitter Prost commented that he felt very bad about what happened. The stewards gave him however a ten place grid penalty for the next race in Malaysia on 22 November 2014.
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— 9月14日に緊急帰国するD.ベイダー卿 (@Vader_7083) September 13, 2014