Heidfeld’s Le Mans return confirmed
1 February 2012 – Rebellion Racing has confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will be contesting this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours in a Lola-Toyota LMP1 car, as originally reported last week. Now part of the FIA Endurance Championship, the former F1 driver will also contest the Sebring 12 Hours and Spa 6 Hours, sharing his car with Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost.
Having been drafted into LRGP to replace the injured Robert Kubica last year, Heidfeld was dropped by the team in favour of Bruno Senna from Belgium onwards. Now 34, he carries his experience of 183 Grand Prix starts and 13 podium finishes to Le Mans.
“I am really looking forward to this new challenge and I am especially excited that the first race in Sebring, being a new circuit for me, is only a few weeks away,” he says. “Since I did Le Mans in 1999 I always knew that I wanted to come back to endurance racing.
“I am very happy to join Rebellion Racing and hope I can help building up on their already impressive achievements which include winning the Team and Manufacturer Championship in the Le Mans Series and finishing just behind the Peugeot and Audi works teams in the Intercontinental Le Mans cup.”
This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will be staged on the weekend of 16-17 June.