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Heidfeld in promising discussions for 2010

Ex-BMW Sauber F1 ace Nick Heidfeld holding out for seat alongside Nico Rosberg at Mercedes Grand Prix.

Nick Heidfeld is confident he will be able to continue competing in F1 next year, what will be his eleventh season at the pinnacle of the sport.

The BMW Sauber F1 refugee has been linked to Mercedes Grand Prix recently - formerly 2009 F1 Constructors' Champions Brawn GP - however, while he is believed to be one of the favourites to team up with Nico Rosberg, the German has yet to agree terms.

Indeed Mercedes are also rumoured to be in negotiations with record-breaking multiple F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher and it is also thought that Robert Kubica could be an option too - although that is dependant on what happens with Renault F1, who the Pole has a contract with.

"I am still in promising discussions," Heidfeld told Rheinischen Post, when asked about his plans for 2010.

"There are still teams with free cockpits and I hope I can be with a good one that can win races."

Heidfeld, who made his debut in F1 with Prost in 2000, has yet to win a race - although he has been on the podium several times, and was second at the Malaysia Grand Prix at the start of '09.

Pressed on which teams he is in talks with, Heidfeld noted that Mercedes is his preferred choice although Sauber is also a logical destination given he has spent most his career with the Swiss-based outfit.

"Whoever knows F1 knows that of those with free cockpits, Mercedes offers the best chance to be in the front," he added.

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December 12, 2009 8:00 PM

Lets hope he gets the drive. Can't see why Schumacher, into his forties, would want to make a commitment to a new team and the work involved just to familiarise himself. Nick has proven to be a good consistent fast driver with some of F1's best overtaking manouevers under his belt in recent years. Just because a guy has a low key prescence (mostly due to his countryman taking the limelight up to a few years ago) doesn't mean he's a waste of space.

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December 11, 2009 2:01 PM

@ A-mac. Interested as to where your opinions on the Schumacher P.R. stunt are formed from. As there is a tri-partite contract awaiting just one more signature and a press event scheduled to announce "this stunt" in early January... or so I'm assured! As for "quick" Nick... very much a last gasp situation... try re-badged Renault (after Kubica walks to M-B)....

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