Heidfeld 'not mad' with Prost despite Beijing crash
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13 September 2014 – Nick Heidfeld says he is 'not mad' at Formula E rival Nicolas Prost despite the pair colliding while fighting for victory during the inaugural ePrix around the streets of Beijing.
Prost led for much of the race but a charging Heidfeld made the move into the final corner, at which point Prost defended, with the resulting contact launching the German driver into a violent collision with the catch fencing.
Heidfeld was able to walk away from his wreckage uninjured, while Prost was also eliminated on the spot as victory went to Audi Sport Abt driver Lucas di Grassi.
"When I was still upside down on the radio I was complaining [about Prost]," joked Heidfeld. "I was surprised it did not hurt more. I was on for a win not a podium. I placed it perfectly for the last corner and I guess the TV pictures show quite clearly I was alongside, Nico pulled alongside me.
"We spoke after the incident and he obviously has a different opinion than I do. Maybe he [will] change 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 offered a different opinion and believed that Heidfeld's last corner move was optimistic.
"I didn't see him and it is disappointing to lose the victory like this," said Prost, who started the race from pole position.
"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 [he] already hit my wheel. I didn't think he would try something like this. There is no way to overtake there. [It's a] shame losing the first Formula E win."