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Heidfeld: overtaking should be easier in 2009 23 Feb 2009

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday 18 February 2009. Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.09. Formula One Testing, Day Four, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday 19 February 2009.

After sampling the BMW Sauber in dry conditions for the first time at last week’s Bahrain test, Nick Heidfeld believes overtaking should be easier during the 2009 season, thanks to this year’s revised aerodynamic regulations.

“I finally got a chance to actually tail another car. I have the impression that the new aerodynamics are going to make it easier to close in on the driver ahead, just as we had hoped," the German told his official website. "This should certainly make overtaking a lot simpler. I'm hoping that this suspicion will be confirmed over the weeks to come.”

Heidfeld was equally enthusiastic about the other regulation changes, including KERS, the return of slick tyres and the addition of the moveable front wing, and had clearly enjoyed the challenge of adjusting his style of driving to the demands of the new rules.

“Testing this time round has been so much more fun because there are so many new developments to keep up with and I'm learning a lot about the new elements,” he added. “I'm having to adapt my driving style, which partly involves experimentation but also to some extent happens automatically. You're always finding new, hidden potential and that's what makes testing so enjoyable.”

Although the 31 year-old has returned home to Switzerland, he won’t have long to wait until he gets back in the F1.09’s cockpit, with a multi-team test scheduled to take place at the Spanish circuit of Jerez next week.