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Thankful Heidfeld Admits to Driving Error

German Nick Heidfeld was thankful Japanese driver Takuma Sato escaped injury after a dramatic accident involving the two during today's Austrian Grand Prix.

Sauber driver Heidfeld, who looked unscathed but in shock after the crash, skidded ahead of a corner on lap 27 and went off the track. His car went over gravel and a grass bank and slammed into Sato's Jordan on the other side of the corner.

The German admitted he braked too hard and lost control of his Petronas-powered C21.

"After the first safety car incident (David) Coulthard and I were side-by-side going down to the hairpin," explained Heidfeld. "I saw a cloud of tyre smoke as (Alex) Yoong braked really hard and early ahead of us, and maybe I pressed the pedal too hard as a result while the brakes were still cool.

"The car got away from me and next thing I knew I was going backwards down the grass. I'm just thankful that Takuma is okay."

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