Heidfeld Unhappy with Baumgartner

Nick Heidfeld blamed Hungary's Zsolt Baumgartner for missing out on a point-scoring finish at the Italian Grand Prix today.

Heidfeld Unhappy with Baumgartner

Nick Heidfeld blamed Hungary's Zsolt Baumgartner for missing out on a point-scoring finish at the Italian Grand Prix today.

Sauber driver Heidfeld was running in eighth position until the final corners, when he was forced to allow Williams driver Marc Gene to lap him. Compatriot and Renault driver Fernando Alonso took the opportunity and passed Heidfeld to grab the final point.

Heidfeld, however, said Jordan's Baumgartner, who finished one lap behind the German, had cost him a lot of time which allowed Alonso to catch him.

"I had a good race until I had to let Gene lap me on the last lap," said Heidfeld. "At the same moment Alonso, who was right behind me, took the chance to overtake. He had got close to me in the first place because I'd been baulked badly by Baumgartner for several laps and had thus lost valuable ground."

Heidfeld's teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen also lost the opportunity to score a point when his car suffered a transmission problem with two laps to go.

"When I came out of the chicane right at the end I heard a strange noise in the area of the transmission and then the car just lost drive," said Frentzen. "I don't know exactly what broke. Up until that point I'd been having a really good race and the car was going well. It would have been so nice to finish in the points..."

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