F1 » 'Quick Nick': Speedy but silent, F1's quiet man

Ten years ago, McLaren's decision to promote Kimi Raikkonen over Nick Heidfeld consigned the German to a career of 'might-have-beens' - but now he has his chance to gain his revenge...

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Calvin _

February 17, 2011 3:01 PM

He might be quick, but does he have that killer instinct? He doesn't seem to have shown it much previously. Myabe, if he sees this as his last real chance, we'll see it. Not holding my breath though.

50 Cent - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 3:09 PM

"over the final five races of last year and twice finishing inside the points in a wholly unfamiliar car. It might have gone relatively unnoticed by fans, but the sport's insiders Boullier amongst them took note" Really! that's why Boullier had 3 subs before Kubica's accident and non of them was Heidi...

your mum - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 3:09 PM

maybe a killer instinct is not so important in today's F1. Consistency really is the key, as we saw last year, every top team driver seemed to throw away the championship. Vettel was deserving but rather fortunate.

q - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 3:13 PM

as I'm Polish I'll always be with Robert whatever matters and think that Nick got something from heaven also, a chance to check out how it is to work in proper team so wish him luck in this matter. Whatever happened before Nick's cereere in BMW none of drivers could do anythink by themselves couse of restrictions inside the team. There will always be rumors about tension between who shoul and shouldn't take somebody's place, well it's normal. I hope Nick realised whatever place he would take he must activate that 'killer instinct' to step up.
For me the most important thing however is to support RKubica coz he's 100% complete driver. Mind, body and spirit.

Paul - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 3:34 PM

At last!!! Some positive words about Quick Nick. Although not especially a fan of him, I find him to be a nice chap, and always a really great racer, with plenty of pace / skill and consistency. I cant remember exactly when it was (2008 I think?) but didn't he go something like 40 odd races without crashing out? Some might say that means he isn't pushing, but I argue it means he's actually a good driver who doesn't make mistakes.... hopefully, im sure, he'll prove himself (again!) this year, especially when no one picked him before this happened, even when rubbish like Perez / Maldonado / Karthekain get seats! Its crazy!
Well done Nick, and good luck!

your mum - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 4:17 PM

Renault and RB might well have the quickest cars for the first couple of races, if Nick can get a good start then who knows, he might be up there at the season's end.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 4:27 PM

50cent: "that's why Boullier had 3 subs before Kubica's accident and non of them was Heidi..."

When you hire test drivers and reserve drivers, you are not hiring what you think is the third best driver after the two you've already got. You are hiring someone cheap who you can keep on the books just in case you need someone at short notice for a race or two. You are not hiring them as a full time replacement for your lead drivers.

For all we know, Lotus and others might have offered Heidfeld reserve driver roles and he turned them down so that he was free to get a full race seat should one arise.

Arya - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 4:32 PM

Dare I say that I have not seen a more underrated driver than Nick since Jean Alesi. Alesi was better than couple of WDCs we had on sheer talent and craft. I believe same holds good for Nick as well. Nick is in this sport at a wrong time. A simple character like him doesn't sell. Hence, clowns like Bernie are more interested to see drivers like Chandhok than poor Nick. Neither does he have 1 Billion people nor powerful pertoleum company or Kremlin behind him. What a shame it has been!!!

Anyways, I wish all the very best to Nick!!

Alan D - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 4:39 PM

Arya, the comments last week about Hulkenberg, about how him being German means he is probably not going to attract significant national sponsorship at this time in F1, applies equally to Heidfeld. If he'd been Swedish, say, or Argentinian, there would have been a much better chance of a sponsor wanting to wrap him up in the flag.

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