Alonso - my mistake
Wrong place to overtake, Spaniard admits
Fernando Alonso has taken full responsibility for his collision with Nick Heidfeld, which ruined both drivers' chances in Monaco.
Having put on extreme wet tyres, the double former world champion was flying around the Monte Carlo street circuit before coming up behind Heidfeld.
Stuck behind the BMW driver, Alonso tried to pass on the inside but instead clipped the German and T-boned his car.
The damage sent the Spaniard scurrying back to the pits for a new front wing, while Heidfeld suffered a puncture.
"It was going well, but on lap seven I arrived at the Casino corner and I had aquaplaning," the Renault driver told AS newspaper.
"On that same lap we had the first Safety Car. The track was very wet. I had to pit and put on the extremes because I had too much aquaplaning. And from that moment it stopped raining and the track started to dry up.
"We were expecting more water. Then we started to lose too much time. It was desperation. I tried to overtake Heidfeld in a place where you can't overtake. In Monaco you usually can't pass anywhere and neither there.
"So it was my fault. From there we needed a miracle."
Alonso finished the race down in tenth place and added: "You can't have all your hopes pinned in one race," Alonso said. "This year it's like that. We have to try to have good races and pick up good points.
"But it was worse for Kimi (Raikkonen), who is fighting for the title and left with no points. For us, if we don't score it's a shame, but it doesn't matter."