Heidfeld: Hopes of 2010 drive remain strong 05 Jan 2010
Former BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld has endured a tough few months following the conclusion of the 2009 championship and, after BMWs subsequent withdrawal from the sport, remains without a confirmed drive for the coming season.
Perhaps the biggest blow for Heidfeld came in the days leading up to Christmas when Mercedes announced their 2010 line-up. After weeks of being touted as a potential candidate for the drive alongside Nico Rosberg at the rebadged Brawn squad, he learned he had been passed over in favour of the returning Michael Schumacher. The German, however, remains upbeat.
Of course over the holidays my current career situation did not leave me, especially after Schumachers decision was published shortly before Christmas, Heidfeld explained on his official website. It is definitely a big thing for Formula One and I wish Michael and Mercedes a lot of luck. The decision affects me directly as it means there are fewer relevant places for me next year.
Despite his disappointment, the 32 year-old is still hopeful of securing a seat. And after spells at five different teams during his ten-year career, and a current tally of 219 points and 12 podium finishes, he is determined to find a team that can offer him a lasting place in the sport.
We must now look forward and focus on the best long-term option for my future in Formula One, he concluded. I will continue to train hard, have conversations with the appropriate people and challenge for a chance as best as I can. I hope to be able to announce some concrete future plans in the coming weeks.
One advantage for Heidfeld is that there are still plenty of vacancies to be filled, with Renault and Toro Rosso yet to confirm who will pair up with Robert Kubica and Sebastien Buemi respectively. The four new squads joining the grid have also boosted the number of available posts, with the Campos and US teams still to announce their complete line-ups.