Formula E has it’s first big crash
When mentioning Nick Heidfeld in any motorsport filled conversation, the common response is, “OH, that guy who raced in F1 and I think had a few podium finishes. Didn’t he crash quite a few times?” Well, that hasn’t changed now that he has entered the quiet, yet energy packed Formula E.
This past weekend, Nick Heidfeld was involved in quite an acrobatic, yet serious crash with race leader Nicolas Prost. Yes this is the son of 4 time F1 champion Alain Prost.
Credit to Formula E, this crash looks much worse then what it was, I mean anytime a race car launches off a curb, flips, spins and almost nails the landing you will almost expect the driver to stumble out with some sort of serious injury.
With that said though, Prost walked out of this one and after extensive check-ups and test he is “A OK”. Which is good for motorsport.
As this was not Heidfeld’s first crash in a race car, you need to ask yourself. Is this man a bit of a hazard on the racetrack? In my opinion, no.
I believe that Nick loves to race, and I am not just talking about pitching up at a race track, doing a couple of laps, finishing in a position that no one remembers, packing up and doing it all again next weekend!
I mean, he loves to get on that track, push his competitors and in the words of Aryton Sena he understands the risk, “By being a racing driver you are under risk all the time. By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win. And the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory, it’s not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th. I race to win as long as I feel it’s possible. Sometimes you get it wrong? Sure, it’s impossible to get it right all the time. But I race designed to win, as long as I feel I’m doing it right.”
I think that in modern day motorsport, with all of the safety regulations and limits, taking that gap has become harder and harder because if you do go for it and something happens, there is a great chance that you will be fined and suspended for the next race.
Which means that being competitive has become harder and harder. Yes you could say that the move that Nick tried to pull on Prost was a bit irresponsible, but the race was coming to a close and that was probably the last chance that Heidfeld had of taking the lead and probably the win.
We might not remember Nick Heidfeld in the next few year as being the most successful race car driver, but I do believe that we should recognise him as being a true racing driver, someone who weighs up risk with regret.