Heidfeld linked to Mercedes reserve role
6 January 2010 – With Nick Heidfeld having generally been regarded as a favourite to partner Nico Rosberg at Mercedes GP for the 2010 season, the signing of 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher has come as a blow to the former BMW driver, whose race seat options have now been reduced. The 32-year-old is, however, now linked to Mercedes for a test and reserve position.
"We have spoken with Nick about opportunities at both McLaren (Mercedes customer engine team) and Mercedes Grand Prix," the Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport explained to news agency AP, "at least in a commitment as a regular driver, although that did not happen." Heidfeld, F3000 Champion of 1999, tested for Mercedes-powered McLaren over the course of the same season.