D he Bild-Zeitung had in their reports that Nick Heidfeld will be introduced as the new test driver on Friday. Mercedes seems to be taking its time, however. The question about that should be officially answered in the next week and a half. Motorsport boss Norbert Haug said on Friday that the announcement can probably be expected in the next ten days, possibly after the Formula 1 test drives from Monday to Wednesday in Valencia.
With the signing of Nick Heidfeld the team announced by Daimler-Zetsche as the German national team is perfect: As regular drivers of Mercedes GP returnees and record world champion Michael Schumacher from Kerpen and Nico Rosberg from Wiesbaden will be at the start. Heidfeld had originally hoped for a regular place in the Silberpfeil team.
Heidfeld should protect Schumacher
Apparently, the racing team wanted an experienced third man. Even in the event that the injury that prevented Schumacher's comeback for Ferrari last year should cause problems. The 41-year-old suffered a skull base injury in a motorcycle accident on a Spanish race track in February 2009. According to his own statements, all complaints are a thing of the past.
The 32-year-old Heidfeld has completed 167 races so far, but has not yet won any. Most recently, Quick Nick was at BMW-Sauber committed. After the Bavarian automobile manufacturer withdrew at the end of last year, Heidfeld was left without a new team. In the end, Sauber decided against him and he was also traded at Renault .
Return to Mercedes
From 1997 to 1999, Heidfeld was a test driver at McLaren-Mercedes , he also had his first drive in a Formula 1 car for the British-German team completed. Even then, he had hoped for a regular place at Mercedes and its English partner.