N after ten years in the premier class, the time for Nick Heidfeld seems to be up his. His former BMW team has left Formula 1. At the successor, Sauber, they are looking for a fresh start with new drivers. With the prospect of a cockpit at Mercedes GP, Heidfeld suggested other options such as Lotus in the wind. After Michael Schumacher signed on, the veteran is suddenly empty-handed.
There are no longer many alternatives for Heidfeld. Renault is the only established team to have a free cockpit. Robert Kubica is already under contract there. However, it is more than questionable that Heidfeld can continue with his old teammate. Heidfeld admits that the unexplained situation worries him: 'Of course, my current professional situation has not let go of my current professional situation even over the holidays, even after Michael Schumacher's decision was published shortly before Christmas,' explains 'Quick Nick' on his homepage.
Congratulations to Schumacher
The 32-year-old also shows understanding for the decision, even if he is the one to suffer: 'That is certainly a big thing for the formula 1 and I wish Michael and Mercedes the best of luck. This decision affects me directly, as it means there is one less relevant place for next year. '
Nevertheless, the Mönchengladbacher does not want to give up hope for a Formula 1 future : 'I'm not naive when I say, especially after the last few weeks, that a lot of unexpected things can happen in Formula 1. Now it's time to look ahead and focus on the best possible long-term option for my future To work in Formula 1. '
Hope for concrete plans for the future
It was only in autumn that Heidfeld declared that his goal was still to become world champion. That is why he wants to keep fighting for a place: 'I will continue to train hard, hold discussions with relevant decision-makers and challenge my chance with all my might.' The former BMW driver hopes to be able to announce 'something concrete about the future plans' in the next few weeks.
One possible option would be for Heidfeld to hire Mercedes as a test and replacement driver. Mercedes sports director Norbert Haug, however, remains cautious: 'There is only basic contact with Nick - and I've had him for many years,' said Haug on Tuesday (5.1.). The Swabian explainedmore 'We talked to Nick about opportunities at both McLaren-Mercedes and Mercedes Grand Prix.' However, there are no further agreements with Heidfeld, 'whom - and his driving skills - I appreciate', said Haug.