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Early Williams run for Heidfeld 01 Dec 2004

Nick Heidfeld (GER) Williams FW26. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 1 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton

Nick Heidfeld makes his test debut with Williams at Jerez today (Wednesday), a week earlier than originally planned. The German driver’s session was brought forward after BAR blocked Anthony Davidson’s scheduled test with the team.

Heidfeld, who competed for Jordan in 2004, is under consideration for a 2005 Williams race seat, along with the team’s test driver Antonio Pizzonia, to partner the already confirmed Mark Webber.

Webber and Pizzonia were at Jerez on Tuesday, as Williams ran solo in the week’s first day of testing at the Spanish circuit. Both men worked on set-up, as well as long runs to evaluate tyres and BMW engine components, completing over 150 laps between them.

Williams are expected to be joined at the track on Wednesday by Sauber, Red Bull, Toyota, Renault, Jordan, Ferrari, BAR and McLaren.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Mark Webber, Williams (Michelin), 1:19.015
2. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:19.036