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Heidfeld offered reserve role with Mercedes GP?

Nick Heidfeld is being lined-up to complete the Mercedes GP 2010 line-up as the official third driver.
Nick Heidfeld could still join Mercedes Grand Prix for F1 2010, as he has apparently been offered the test and reserve role.

According to reports by German newspaper, Bild, the new Silver Arrows works team is keen to conclude a deal with the 32-year-old, who was one of the favourites to race alongside Nico Rosberg, until Michael Schumacher opted to come out of retirement and return to the pinnacle of the sport with the Brackley-based outfit.

Since Schumacher was confirmed by Mercedes - former 2009 F1 Constructors' champions, Brawn GP - it had been predicted that Heidfeld would remain with Sauber, having raced for the squad for the last four years, albeit in its previous guise as the BMW-Sauber F1 team.

However, with that now looking unlikely and former McLaren-Mercedes tester Pedro de la Rosa being tipped to join Kamui Kobayashi [see separate story – click here], Heidfeld is running out of options.

Indeed there are only four other possibilities, namely joining Renault, which has a vacancy alongside Robert Kubica, as well as Scuderia Toro Rosso or newcomers Campos Meta 1 and USF1.

Writing on his personal website, Heidfeld conceded that the situation is not looking good and while he is happy to see Schumacher back, he is only too aware that the return of the record-breaking multiple F1 World champion is a blow for him personally.

"Michael Schumacher's decision to return is certainly a great thing for F1," Heidfeld explained. "I wish Michael and Mercedes much luck. This decision affects me directly though because it means there is one less good seat for next year.

"I am not naive when I say especially after the past few weeks a lot of unexpected things can happen in F1. Now we have to look forward and focus on the best long-term option for my future in F1. I will continue to train hard and conduct talks with the appropriate people.

"I hope to be able to announce something concrete about my future plans in the coming weeks."

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Nick Heidfeld [Pic credit: BMW]
Nick Heidfeld [Pic credit: BMW]
Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber.F1.09, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, 24-26th, April, 2009
Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber.F1.09, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, 24-26th, April, 2009
Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber.F1.09, Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Sepang, Kuala Lumpar, 3rd-5th, April 2009

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January 05, 2010 4:28 PM

I don't agree that it's usually his teammate who is quicker. He is a super passer, defends well and has consistant race pace. With podiums at races such as Spa he's a real racer. In 2008 he finished every race, mostly in the points as well, a record I believe he shares with Michael Schumacher. He races hard but clean. F1 needs more drivers like that. Kubica had a terrific 2008 season in a car that suited him much better than Heidfeld but Nick outscored him in 2007 and 2009 and points are the currency of F1.

J Ale - Unregistered

January 07, 2010 2:19 AM

People say that Kubica out qualified nick more often than not. That may be true, But being a better racer than qualifier is what gets the points. He scored more points than robert during their time as team mates, and thats a fact. Of course he hasnt had many podiums in his career, but hes only been in cars that can get regular podiums in 05, 07 and 08. So 12 podiums aint that bad.

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