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I regret things have developed this way, says Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld: I was surprised by the team's intention to replace me and regret that things have developed this way. I just wanted to be in the cockpit to get the best result for the team and me. I still have a clear contract and I want to drive.

Nick Heidfeld has expressed his 'surprise' and 'regret' at having been dropped by Lotus Renault, but has reiterated that he has a 'clear contract' and that he still 'wants' to drive for the Enstone-based outfit.

Heidfeld was ditched ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix and while the team has since confirmed that test and reserve driver Bruno Senna will take his place for Spa and Monza, the 34-year-old has begun legal proceedings in a bid to regain his seat and the matter will now be heard by the High Court in London following the Italian Grand Prix on September 11.

“I was surprised by the team's intention to replace me and regret that things have developed this way,” Heidfeld said. “I just wanted to be in the cockpit to get the best result for the team and me. I still have a clear contract and I want to drive.”

Heidfeld's manager Andre Theuerzeit meanwhile is 'hopeful' Nick will be back in action in Singapore.

“I am disappointed that the team is allowed to let another driver take Nick's seat for the next weekends.

“However, I certainly am confident that we will be able to enforce a fair solution for Nick in the further proceedings. We all hope that Nick will be back in the cockpit in Singapore,” Theuerzeit added.

"The interlocutory decision of the court does not infringe on the fact that Nick has a valid contract to be one of the two main drivers of the team,” stressed his legal representative, Dr. Stefan Seitz.

“This position is disputed by the team for apparently purely financial reasons.

“We do not intend to rest before Nick's legal position has been fully restored,” Seitz summed-up.



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30.07.2011 Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31
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25.08.2011- Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31

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Georgie - Unregistered

August 26, 2011 12:23 PM

@bb - I'd like to see your evidence for making that claim. If you listen to Eddie Jordan, Frank Williams and Peter Sauber, all of them have praised Nick's technical feedback and commitment to the team, and all have claimed in the past that he has been one of the most instrumental drivers of the current field when it comes to developing the car. In the case of Renault, I think he's been faced with the impossible. Boullier has been on an agenda from the start, the team is and always will be geared up 100% towards Kubica, and it has been very evident that they considered Heidfeld a mere stop gap. I think anyone would find it hard to go into that kind of environment - with a great big 'Temporary' banner hanging over you - and turn the team into a winner.

The Real MS - Unregistered

August 26, 2011 2:31 PM

Nick isn't the best driver on the grid but he is much better than Bruno Senna. The only thing Bruno has going for him is his surname! If he was really that good he wouldn't have to "pay" for a drive. Nick got given a contract for a year and it should be honoured. He has more points than his team mate and does not deserve to be dropped. I wish him well in his court battle.



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