Heidfeld confident of winning legal battle
26 August 2011 – Nick Heidfeld is convinced and he stands a strong chance of winning the upcoming court case against the Lotus Renault GP team. With the German – who is contracted up to the end of the season – having been replaced by Bruno Senna, the case will go to London’s High Court for a hearing on Monday 19 September.
Having been drafted in to replace the injured Robert Kubica, Heidfeld scored a podium finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix in April but has since failed to impress Team Principal Eric Boullier, despite being the team’s highest-placed driver in the championship. At present, Senna is confirmed for the Belgian and Italian races.
“Well I cannot be very specific, to be honest at the moment, because there are some things pending,” Heidfeld explained to BBC Sport. “Obviously it’s disappointing not to be here as a race driver.”
When asked how confident he is of winning the legal battle, Heidfeld replied:
“Well if we would not be confident that we had a case then we wouldn’t follow it up, so yes I believe that is the situation.”
Heidfeld – who debuted in Formula 1 with Prost in 2000 - was unable to comment on how the team broke the news of the line-up change.