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The Mercedes team is thrilled to see Nick Heidfeld become part of its driver line-up ahead of the upcoming season. The appointment of the 32-year-old means that the Stuttgart manufacturer does indeed return to Formula 1 with three German drivers for 2010.
After being left without a drive following the pull-out of BMW at the end of last season, Heidfeld had aimed for a race position with the same team but saw his options decrease when Michael Schumacher was confirmed alongside Nico Rosberg.
"It's a great pleasure for us to have signed a driver of the calibre and experience of Nick Heidfeld as our reserve and test driver for the 2010 season," Team Principal Ross Brawn said. "Nick has over ten years of experience in Formula 1, working with established teams, and he will be a great asset to Mercedes.
"I am confident that his input into the development of our MGP W01 car will be invaluable. We look forward to welcoming Nick to Mercedes and working closely with him."
"To sign Nick Heidfeld means another re-enforcement for our team," added Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport's Vice President. "We have known each other for many years and Nick was supported by our junior drivers programme from 1997. During his ten years in Formula 1, circumstances often made it difficult for him to achieve his breakthrough; however, Nick is extremely capable - he will be an asset to our team and will show this."
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