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Heidfeld: I have a contract

Nick Heidfeld hits out at Renault and insists he has a valid contract with the team
Nick Heidfeld has revealed that a hearing will take place in three weeks time after he took action to prevent Renault replacing him with Bruno Senna.

The team confirmed that Senna will race in the events at Spa and Monza today [Thursday] while also insisting it was keen to run the Brazilian for the rest of the season, pending some 'legal issues' which are still to be resolved.

Those issues revolve around what to do with Heidfeld, who remains under contract to the team and had already said he wasn't prepared to just walk away.

Having appeared in the Spa paddock, the German faced questions from the press but refused to say much about the situation because legal proceedings have now started.

“There are court proceedings so I cannot tell you much,” he was quoted by former ITV-F1 commentator James Allen on his website, JamesallenonF1.com. “Each driver wants to drive. I believe that I have a valid contract and I want to drive.

“We will see in three weeks, there is a main hearing and we will know then. I'm here with the team this weekend, I have a contract and I will just do what I can do.”

Should he be forced out of his role with Renault, Heidfeld could find his F1 career at an end given the limited options available elsewhere.

Having joined the team at the start of the year as a replacement for Robert Kubica, the German scored a fine third place finish in Malaysia but has only just managed to double his points tally through the nine races that have followed, although he does sit ahead ahead of Vitaly Petrov in the championship standings.



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Shaun - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 6:44 PM

I agree with Liam48. He has been treated disgracefully by the Renault team and Eric Boull-sh*tieer who has used him as a scapegoat. Well Eric, heres a bit of a newsflash for you- why replace someone with plenty of experience, someone who has MORE points than his teammate, someone who has done a good job with a car which has sunk down the grid due to a lack of development, with someone who has an attractive second name but little ability. Mr Senna was often outraced by Chandhok and towards the end of the season was matched by Klien. Hardly the mark of a brilliant driver, just someone who has a bit of backing behind him (because of the name) and therefore a bit of power in the F1 paddock. So go ahead there Eric. Throw in Senna and i bet you now, you'll have an absolutely miserable end to the season. Maybe Mr Money From My Russian Bankers and Senna can scrape a few 10th places every now and again. Excellent management there Renault.

Liam48

August 25, 2011 6:33 PM

I think if he keeps his seat that'll make him even more determined to prove himself and prove Renault wrong... I'm a fan of Heidfeld i hope he keeps his seat and thedn moves to a team that'll welcome him and not blame their mistakes on him like the unprofessional Renault team



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