Williams hopefuls set for nervy weekend
27 January 2005 –
Nick Heidfeld and Antonio Pizzonia will discover on Monday if they've done enough to win the single vacant F1 seat at Williams for '05. Sir Frank's Grove-based team neared the end of their pre-launch test programme at Valencia on Wednesday with an authentic 'shootout' between the contending pair.
Heidfeld, the German, emerged with the quicker time. On Monday, the new FW27 car will be launched at the Spanish circuit, and a teammate for Mark Webber is expected to be confirmed with just a minute or two to spare.
''I did all I could,'' 27-year-old Nick, with a three-tenth margin, told Autosport, ''and now it's a question of waiting.''
Of the duo's seven head-to-head winter confrontations, Pizzonia emerged on top only twice.