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.
Following the confirmation of Schumacher and with Sauber hinting that a second new pilot is likely to be announced in due course, Heidfeld's only race options now come in the form of Renault or new teams Campos and US F1. Norbert Haug, though, admits that 'Quick Nick' is a possibility as reserve driver.
"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.