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'Quick Nick': Speedy but silent, the paddock's quiet man

In truth, his fortunes in F1 were shaped all the way back in 2001, when following a meteoric rise up through the ranks in the junior formulae and promising performances as a grand prix rookie – and despite a long association with both McLaren and Mercedes – he was overlooked by the Woking-based outfit in favour of his Sauber team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in a move that launched Kimi's career but arguably sunk Nick's. Raikkonen went on to claim 18 race victories and the 2007 drivers' crown with Ferrari; Heidfeld is still looking to break his duck.

A decade on, though, he finally has his chance to right that wrong, with a car that on testing form at least, could just be the dark horse of the campaign and a bona fide threat to the likes of anticipated front-runners Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and McLaren.

Yes, he may not be the most dynamic or colourful character in the paddock – and let's not beat about the bush, there are rather too many who waste no opportunity to sell themselves or brag about their potential – but he is, as defending world champion Sebastian Vettel has acknowledged, honest, dependable and, most importantly of all, exactly what Renault needs right now. He will get the job done.

Nick Heidfeld is one of the sport's good guys, and a bloody good racer to-boot. All of us here at Crash.net wish him the very best for F1 2011 and beyond.



by Russell Atkins



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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!

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.



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