Formula E: Misfortune still playing on Heidfeld’s mind

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Nick Heidfeld’s racing career has been a never-ending story of missed opportunities and bad luck, it seems.

The German driver holds the unwanted record of the most F1 podium finishes without winning a race, and even in his debut season in Formula E, he’s been coming unstuck time and time again.

Heidfeld was in the running to win the inaugural race in Beijing before a last-lap crash with Nicolas Prost, and was then disqualified from the next race in Malaysia.

Points did follow in Punta del Este and Buenos Aires, but further incidents have left the former Williams and BMW Sauber F1 driver stewing.

“These events are unfortunately still on my mind and you should try and always look at things positively but it is quite hard to take,” Heidfeld told fiaformulae.com. “Things should have been very good without all these incidents, but could have, should have doesn’t count for anything, even less in sport.

“So yes, it is frustrating at the moment, especially knowing that we have good pace. Of course we’re working hard in order to ensure we have a strong car again for the next races. We’ve missed a lot of good opportunities.”

Venturi currently sits bottom of the championship standings with just eight points to its name, but Heidfeld is confident that the team has made some good steps forward and can be in better shape for the next ePrix in Miami next month.

“I think we’ve made big improvements over the course of the season, both on the team and the set-up side,” Heidfeld said. “I think we’ve quite publically stated the test after Punta del Este was crucial for us as we found massive improvement there.

“I think we didn’t show as much as we’d hoped at the next race [in Buenos Aires], but it’s to be expected as you can’t always translate everything you find on one circuit to the other.

“We’ve been quick in the races all season long but we’ve been lacking in the qualifying, so this was one of the objectives of the Punta test. We made a step forward there.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold