Sato and Heidfeld pass fitness tests

Neither Takuma Sato nor Nick Heidfeld are showing any ill effects from the high-speed accident which took both out of the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago

Sato and Heidfeld pass fitness tests

Sato spent a night under observation in Graz hospital before keeping his arrangement to drive an old Lotus 49 in last weekend's historic Grand Prix through the streets of the Principality which, unfortunately, he damaged in practice and therefore didn't race.

"My knee and the muscle around it are still a bit sore but apart from that there is nothing," said the Japanese driver, who spoke to Heidfeld a couple of days after the incident to confirm that there was no hard feelings on his part.

"It was the biggest impact that I have ever felt," Sato added of his A1-Ring smash. "I was happy to have no serious damage afterwards and to be able to drive at the weekend. I drove the Lotus and it was really different sitting in the middle of the fuel tank - so dangerous compared to nowadays! Monaco is a great circuit and it's a shame it was raining for the '60s and '70s cars. Since my Macau days, I haven't driven a circuit like this and am really looking forward to it."

Heidfeld also has some light bruising but has already tested for Sauber since the accident. He is also looking ahead to this weekend, on what is his favourite circuit.

"We weren't very strong here last year, in fact it was our worst qualifying performance of the season," he said. "But we did some careful analysis before Budapest, which is similar, and we went better there, so I'm more optimistic this time."

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