Official: Heidfeld replaces de la Rosa at Sauber
14 September 2010 – It has been confirmed by Sauber Motorsport that Nick Heidfeld will make a Formula 1 race return for the team at the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix, meaning Pedro de la Rosa's comeback season ends early. The German's contract will officially come into effect on Friday.
With Sauber having refused to comment on the issue to GPUpdate.net on Monday, the Hinwil-based outfit has now confirmed that 33-year-old Heidfeld will return to the team with which he spent the 2001-2003 seasons plus four more years from 2006 under its former guise as BMW.
“I’m looking forward like crazy to having the opportunity to go racing again in a good car in Formula 1 from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards,” he said, having been Mercedes GP's reserve driver earlier this year before terminating his contract in order to assist Pirelli's tyre testing programme.
“After the last months I’m even more motivated than ever. For me it's like coming home, as I raced for seven years in total for the team from Hinwil.
“Without doubt I will be feeling at home straight away and this should help me to familiarise myself as soon as possible with the car. I want to thank Peter Sauber for the faith he has put in me.”
Team Principal Peter added:
“It was a hard decision for me to make as a Team Principal and I want to thank Pedro for his professionalism. By signing Nick we have a driver we know extremely well who will help us to further judge the comparative potential of our car.”
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