F1 » Heidfeld bags Mercedes Grand Prix F1 2010 reserve role


Having proven unsuccessful in his efforts to secure himself a race seat in the top flight, BMW-Sauber refugee Nick Heidfeld has agreed terms to complete a Teutonic triumvirate in becoming Mercedes Grand Prix's test and reserve driver in F1 2010

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Esteban - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 5:18 PM

A real waste of talent, especially when you consider the likes of Alguersuari are getting drives (yes, he might be good when he grows up, but he's pants at the moment). Sadly, I think by next year the competition for spaces will be even greater, so we may well have seen the last of Nick.

Calvin _

February 04, 2010 6:35 PM

I wonder if there is an element of "I'll wait and see if a better drive comes along, rather than sign now with team X" in this. Shame if there is.

Not sure if "bags" is the right term either. "Settles" might be more appropriate.

BillFenner1967

February 04, 2010 8:41 PM

Like others, I'm disappointed for Nick. He's always been a tough competitor and a quick driver. No question of his talent, but like so many others he's just never been in the right car at the right time.

That said, if I had a lazy £10 I'd put it on Nick racing for Mercedes at some point this year. There's just a little bit of doubt regarding Schumacher's fitness. Not much, mind, but just enough that maybe Schumi might miss a GP or two -- especially if it turns out the Merc hasn't won any races by the end of the season. A neck twinge must just crop up fr Schumi, thereby giving Nick a drive. But that's just me wishful thinking, I suppose.

Hook'em Horns - Unregistered

February 05, 2010 12:09 AM

It will be sad not seeing Quick Nick's talents not utilized on race weekends, but I'm happy to see him in on an upper tiered team. Maybe he'll get his chance when "Friday Practice Hotshot" Rosberg fails to consistently score points.

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