Renault to evaluate Heidfeld at Jerez test 10 Feb 2011
Nick Heidfeld is to test for Renault at Jerez this week, as the team starts to evaluate potential replacements for their driver Robert Kubica, who was seriously injured in a rally crash on Sunday. Heidfeld, who boasts over a decade of Formula One experience and competed in five Grands Prix last season for BMW Sauber, will be in action over the weekend.
As originally scheduled, Kubica's team mate Vitaly Petrov will drive the R31 at the Spanish circuit on Thursday and Friday, before Heidfeld - and Renault reserve driver Bruno Senna - are given the chance to test over Saturday and Sunday. Renault will confirm the exact running order on Friday evening.
Heidfeld began his Formula One career with Prost in 2000 and since then has participated in 172 Grands Prix driving for Sauber (2001-2003), Jordan (2004), Williams (2005) and BMW Sauber (2006-2010). He enjoyed his best season in 2007 when he finished fifth in the world championship, and he has achieved 12 podium finishes so far in his career.
Kubica remains in hospital in Italy following his high-speed accident during the Ronde di Andora Rally. He has already undergone seven hours of surgery to reconstruct his injured right forearm, but is expected back in surgery over the coming days to stabilise fractures to his right shoulder and right foot.