F1 » Heidfeld 'didn't chase Kubica seat'


Nick Heidfeld has revealed that the Lotus Renault team came calling after Robert Kubica's accident, adding weight to suggestions that he is favourite to fill in for the injured Pole.

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SD - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 11:38 AM

For some reason I keep getting these thoughts in my head of Heilfeld doing a Brawn this year and winning the championship. I know its unlikely. But how amazing would it be if it actually happend?

Oli - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 12:17 PM

Nick is underated and deserves a spot in F1.

The fact he has had to wait for such unfortunate circumstances to come up so he can get the opportunity is a sorry indication of the way F1 is - money over talent. Everyone knew long before Jerez that Heidfeld is a better driver that Petrov and many others on the F1 grid. Arguably the best F1 driver to never win a GP. But F1 is what it is I guess. Perhaps when Heidfeld spanks Petrov then Renault will keep him on alongside Kubica when Robert comes back. Or else Quick Nick will get a decent drive elsewhere.

Don't forget, Nick actually finished ahead of Kubica in the championship before BMW pulled out.

Oli

Alan D - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 12:35 PM

I'm surprised they haven't made an announcement yet. I'd have thought that before the Sunday tests started they'd have got it clear in their own minds that if Bruno does such and such a time then he'll get the seat, otherwise Heidfeld will get the seat.

richard

February 14, 2011 2:02 PM

contractural issues are more than likely the reason for the delay in the official announcement. senna would have a contract saying that as reserve, he must be considered as a stand in. hence the need to give him a "test". nick has the seat, and it is signed and sealed, but probably with the proviso that senna was not faster. senna knows he hasnt got the drive, and bouillier has already said the seat is nicks.

yoda401 - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 2:29 PM

I think the real reason they havent annouced it yet is due to the slim chance they could still get Raikkonen. He still hasnt ruled it out. Raikkonen would attract a hell of a lot more publicity to Renault and probably generate more revenue regardless of how good is or isn't.

jose - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 3:15 PM

Oli,, money rules, they (Bouller) had to get something close to Kubica as a replacement so Talent was standing in the wings, waiting and F1 Boullier got a cheap surprise..
Hello Mercedes.
Richard are you talking about Senna having a contract, a contract? in F1. A valid contract in F1 means what? If Senna wants the job as test, reserve driver its his, other wise hit the road Jack, dress the pit wall along side Liuzzi. He had a valid contract, ask Mayllia about that contract...

Badman, Jose

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