Formula E: Heidfeld and Prost crash out at final corner (VIDEO)


In an eventful inaugural Formula E ePrix in Beijing today, a last lap incident between Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld dominated the post-race chatter as both crashed hard at the final corner.

After starting from pole position, Prost led for all but one lap of the race until the final few stages, when Heidfeld began to close in the Venturi car. As you will see in the video above, Heidfeld tries a move down the inside of Prost at the final corner, only for the Frenchman to side-swipe his adversary, causing him to skid across the kerbing and roll into the wall before landing upside down.

Thankfully, Heidfeld walked away unharmed, but was very annoyed with how the race had finished.

“I think I was up for a win and not just a podium so it was very disappointing,” the German said. “I think I placed it perfectly for the last corner. I guess TV pictures show quite clearly that I was alongside him and Nico pulled into me and [there was] nothing I could do.

“We spoke after the accident and, as usual with drivers, we had different opinions. He thought it was my mistake. Maybe when he watches on the video tape he changes his mind, maybe not. I’m not mad at him, these things happen.”

Prost was defiant at first, insisting that it was Heidfeld’s fault, but sent out some tweets earlier this afternoon to give his thoughts after seeing the replay.

Amid the madness, Lucas di Grassi managed to pick up the pieces to claim the race win for Audi ABT ahead of Andretti’s Franck Montagny.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.