We are four races into the Formula E season but the season has barely started for Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld, who had another disastrous race in Buenos Aires. A win in the 2013 American Le Man series remains his sole win in over 15 years of competitive motorsport, a fact that serves as a reminder of how cruel motorsport can be.
Heidfeld looked certain to take the first ever Formula E chequered flag in Beijing after attempting a last-corner overtake on Prost. Prost’s infamous defensive move caused Heidfeld to lose control and go airborne in the dramatic final moments of the race. Unfortunately for Nick, it hasn’t gone much better since then.
A double penalty in Punta del Este sent him from 1st to the back of the grid, eventually claiming just a single point with the help of fanboost. In Argentina, Heidfeld battled Sebastian Buemi early and look destined to win, following the retirements of Lucas Di Grassi and Buemi, who both retired from the lead. With just laps remaining, race control announced that Heidfeld had been found guilty of speeding in the pitlane, a penalty he took on the penultimate lap. Heidfeld eventually finished 8th, taking his points total to just 5 after four rounds.
Motorsport can be an incredibly cruel environment and ‘fairytales’ in the sport are few and far between. In an alternate reality, Heidfeld would be leading the championship going into the two month break, but as things stand he sits 53 points behind championship leader Lucas di Grassi. Venturii are also rock bottom in the team standings, with Stéphane Sarrazin also struggling to impress.
There is a notion in sport that misfortune tends to even itself out over a season however in this case, that looks likely. In a series with as much close racing as Formula E, incidents and retirements are never too far away and it would be nothing short of miraculous for Heidfeld to get himself back in the championship fight, especially when there are only six races left in the season.
Formula E is currently on a two month hiatus before we go racing again in Miami. Let’s hope things go a bit better quick Nick once we’re in the States.
Written by: Anil Parmar