Heidfeld and Petrov make contact while battling for position

It looks like the Renault drivers might be off to couples’ counselling after Nick Heidfeld hit out at team-mate Vitaly Petrov after the pair made contact battling for position during the Turkish Grand Prix.

Despite Heidfeld finishing one spot ahead of his Russian team-mate at the end of the 58-lap race, he was not pleased as the pair touched when Petrov made a passing move on Heidfeld mid-race at Turn 13.

“That’s not nice and it shouldn’t happen,” he complained to BBC Sport after the race.

“He just pushed me wide, we made contact and that’s not a safe thing to do.”

The German was largely happy with the race pace he had demonstrated, and believed that he would have achieved a better result running in more clear air, as well as if he’d qualified further up the order.

“I’m happy with the pace, which was good, but I was in traffic for most of the time,” he added. “I could easily have got a better result in more free space but at least we have the race pace.”

[Original image via F1.com]

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