In the morning session, Heidfeld ran wide in Turn 10 and damaged his front wing when going over the kerbs, while in the afternoon he made contact with the barriers after pulling a similar maneuver in Turn 13.
This is the second consecutive weekend when Heidfeld is experiencing problems with his R31 racer, following a troublesome first day of action in Sepang, last week. This time however, the German admitted that he was the only one to blame for what happened, as he tried too hard to lap the circuit faster.
“It was a driving mistake. I went off twice and that can happen - I just went over the limit. (...) I just f***** up!” he told reporters in China, after the second practice session.
“I was in a very good mood until I crashed into the tire. I have been around for a while but I cannot remember crashing twice in one day, so that was not a good start. It was just my mistake. These things unfortunately can happen, I think a lot of other people also went off a bit and had spins. Unfortunately I destroyed two wings, it it shows it isn't easy today but it is not meant to be an excuse.”
Indeed, Heidfeld's was only one of many incidents that occurred on the Chinese track in FP1, when a bunch of drivers struggled on the dirty track, recording multiple spins.