BMW duo Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica were phlegmatic about the first lap clash that they admit prevented them from managing anything better than sixth and seventh in the European Grand Prix.

A very turbulent race for both drivers, particularly Heidfeld, both drivers got away well from fourth and fifth on the grid, Kubica getting the better of his team-mate on the inside of turn one. However, Heidfeld's attempts to squeeze back inside of turn two saw him instead clip the back of his team-mate and send both off the track.

Although they recovered, a rather humble Heidfeld and a bemused Kubica resumed at the back of field. Somewhat luckily for them the weather conditions by the end of the first lap meant neither driver lost as much time as first imagined, Heidfeld even having time to repair a damaged front wing.

Dropping back further at the restart, both Kubica and Heidfeld slowly worked their way back up the order, the duo closely matched but not quite able to repeat their first lap shenanigans.

Up to sixth and seventh respectively, despite Heidfeld clashing with Ralf Schumacher earlier in the race, a mistake by Kubica in the final laps allowed his team-mate through to collect a valuable three points. Nonetheless, the German was ruing the first lap incident, even if he stopped short of claiming the blame for it.

"My start was not as good as usual and, unfortunately, in the first corner Robert forced me onto the dirt and then again in the second corner. This was when unluckily we touched and afterwards I had a damaged car.

"However, we have been lucky that the race was interrupted and we were able to repair the car. The team did a very good job. Later in the race I was stuck behind Robert, and it was only at the end when he made a mistake I was able to pass him."

Despite his early setback, Kubica was otherwise positive about the race, the Pole rather more frustrated by his error late on that let Heidfeld back through.

"I made a very good start, but in the second corner I think Nick arrived a bit too fast, he touched me and I spun. I was then last. It then started to rain and I asked the team if I should pit. I had no answer so I continued, which was wrong. The race was fun because the conditions were changing, but I had a very big problem with the braking, as every time the rear was just dancing and on wet tyres I could not stop the car.

"When Nick got by me on the last lap I just couldn't stop the car before the chicane and that is all. I didn't want to cut the chicane, but maybe I should have done, because in the end I nearly had to stop. It was challenging, as it was not only about the speed of the car but the speed of reaction of the team, and when to put on which tyres. The race result could have been better but now we have to analyse everything."

 

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