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Monday, May 26, 2008

Alonso, Heidfeld calm after Monaco clash

Fernando Alonso and Nick Heidfeld both moved Monday to downplay their clash at the hotel hairpin in Monaco.

Alonso took full responsibility for the collision, saying in an interview with the AS newspaper desperation drove him to attempt a pass at an impossible place on a track where it is impossible to pass.

Alonso said it would be much worse for someone in the title hunt, like Kimi Raikkonen, but while it was a shame for him to lose out Sunday, his goal is to move on and score as many points as he can over the remainder of the season.

ITV reports Heidfeld recognized Alonso made a mistake which ruined his race, but it should be kept in perspective, saying under conditions like those faced in Monaco, mistakes are inevitable.

Heidfeld is much more concerned with keeping his high-flying teammate Robert Kubica withing his sights, and has vowed to work even harder with his engineers to turn his season around.

Nice to see F1 drivers acting like adults, for a change.

Coulthard to check out NASCAR

David Coulthard is using the filming of a Red Bull promotional video to check out the NASCAR series in Dover a week prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, grandprix.com reports.

DC said the video shoot offered a prime opportunity to view the sport up close and see what makes it so popular in the U.S.

Coulthard has often been rumored to be open to a move to the series when he is finished with F1, but the Scot warned against reading too much into his visit, saying he has no plans to move to NASCAR next year.

Doornbos signs ING promotional deal

F1-Live.com, citing Dutch publication Formule 1 Race Report, reports former Minardi and Red Bull driver Robert Doorbos, a casualty of the Champ Car/IndyCar merger, has signed a deal with Renault sposor ING as a demonstration driver.

Doornbos, also set to represent AC Milan in the Superleague Formula, may be behind the wheel of the Renault as early as Friday at Silverstone, according to motorsport-total.com.

The Dutchman’s management was quick to say that there is no link between the driver’s deal and the future of Nelson Piquet’s seat with the French team.

Doornbos is slated to make promotional appearances in Rotterdam and Moscow. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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