Nick Heidfeld has made a very frank admission: his practice accidents today were entirely of his own doing.
The Renault driver – who finished on the podium at last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix – crashed into the barriers at Turn 10 in this morning’s free practice session, and then repeated the effort (this time at Turn 2) in the second practice session.
Both saw the German lose valuable practice mileage, although he was able to recover in session after repairs and finish in the top-ten on the timesheets.
But it was a rather contrite driver who admitted to his errors after the day’s driving was finished.
“It was a driving mistake. I went off twice and that can happen – I just went over the limit,” he told reporters afterwards.
“I was in a very good mood until I crashed into the tyre. I have been around for a while but I cannot remember crashing twice in one day, so that was not a good start.
“These things unfortunately can happen, I think a lot of other people also went off a bit and had spins. Unfortunately I destroyed two wings, it it shows it isn’t easy today but it is not meant to be an excuse. I just f**ked up!”
But the accident cannot be viewed too lightly, with Heidfeld destroying his allocation of newer-spec front wings assigned to him to use this weekend. He now is forced to use an older-spec design, but he doesn’t believe this will cost him too much in terms of performance.
“I am convinced that there is more to come from us because I went out after I crashed, took it a bit easy in the first two or three corners, but saying that most of the others will also tell you that this lap was not perfect, there is more to come, so let’s see tomorrow,” he added.