Discussion in 'Drivers' started by HammydiRestarules, Jul 14, 2011.
Sad but true. He didn't DNF often, but when he did, it was in style.
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EvilWhippet but I disagree about Sutil he does not deserve a drive in F1 anyone who inflicts injury on another person out of temper should not be in the lime light they should just be forgotten...
TOP overtaker when he needed to be too.
Anyway, if it were down to interesting personalities I can't see any current British driver having a seat!
EvilWhippet because Mansell was an absolute hoot wasn't he?
Quick Nick has been confirmed as a full time LMP1 driver with Rebellion Racing for 2013. That includes full season world endurance championship and American Le Mans series entries.
After he performed excellently in 2012 Le Mans 24 hour I wouldn't be surprised if he was very successful in 2013.
A shame he's not on the current F1 grid, as he'd be among the top 50% on talent alone, but so it goes. He's said he was only willing to drive in F1 again if there was an actual chance of driving for a team that could maybe win, so presumably wasn't willing to take a drive that was beneath him, such as a seat at one of the new teams. Leave those to pay drivers, Nick.
Here's a picture he took on christmas
I don't know what he was earning during his time in F1, but judging from the pics he posts, he ain't struggling.
Also I'm guessing this snowman can't have been more than 3 feet tall
This is entitled "Pizza Hut"
He only has himself to blame 10 years in F1 and actually had to rely on one pay driver Giorgio Pantano who funded the jordan team in 2004 so that he did not have to cough up the money and stay in f1
Backed by Mercedes to get into F1 and given lifelines at BMW and Lotus Renault - he did not step up to the plate when the chance was there for the team and against his teammate
The fact is Ron Dennis did not pick him to drive for Mclaren speaks volumes despite being the tester endorsed by Mercedes
2008 wasn't a great season, but you can compare that to Button's season this year where he was consantly off the pace from Hamilton.
Also, Petrov's one of the most improved drivers from his first season on the grid, and has sent both Heidfeld and Kovalainen into retirement
We know why Heidfeld got sacked from Lotus-Renault, Bruno Senna's $$$.
I remember you saying and several others, the reason was because he wasn't sponsor friendly.
Of course I don't think he's as good as Raikkonen, but you are being very harsh on him. You can compare his career to Button until the Brawn car came along with less luck.
I'm not a fan of Heidfeld, I don't dislike him either.
You're going to tell me the extenuating circumstances but considering Kubica's level, he did well to get close enough to capitalise.
Good luck to him in Sportscars though. A Le Mans win would be cool.
Only has himself to blame for what? Getting the Rebellion Racing drive? That's what my post was about.
Ron Dennis preferring Raikkonen - arguably the most naturally talented driver of the last ten years - speaks volumes? Well, no it doesn't really, as being rated lower than one of the best drivers in the world doesn't really mean that much. Even today I'd rate Raikkonen as 4th best at worst.
When did he not step up to the plate? He has an extremely impressive record against team mates.
Your post is, at best, hyperbole.
Three incidents during his career stands out that made people look away
1) Despite being Mercedes tester Ron did not pick him for Mclaren - sponsor friendly was the apparent reasons that hurt him bad
2) He stuck with Sauber for too long when no one else came calling and in the end got sacked losing to Frentzen as well who could not hold down a drive in F1
3) People said he beat Kubica 2 years out of 3
1st year you would expect him too given it was Kubica's first full season
2nd year Kubica was leading the championship and the team opted for a bizarre decision to support Heidfeld up to speed and concentrate for 2009 .... for your information his performance to Kubica post Canada was 33pts Kubica to 32 pts Heidfeld which included him benefiting from Hamilton's demotion
3rd year ...name a race where Heidfeld made people grab attention then?
That Jordan season where he drove .. he did not have sponsors... Pantano had to bring sponsors into the team to earn his drive and part fund Heidfeld's wages as well
As for his season at Lotus Renault - he's been talking up himself that he was still good enough to be world champion.
So here's a lifeline at being the team leader which he failed to deliver because he was up against Kubica as the benchmark from previous season to PEtrov
Heidfeld beat Kimi right and he was the Mclaren test driver and supposedly had MErcedes supporting his case and that was not enough to convince Ron despite having seen him from F3000 to F1 for a few years
10 years right - he's not exactly driven some cars apart from Prost 2000 and Jordan 2004
I still think if he was not German right BMW would not have made the bizarre decision to sort him out rather than back Kubica who was championship leader in 2008
He had MArio Thiessen to thank for resurrecting his career briefly from Jordan first to get him to Williams and then signing him up to BMW
I remember when Villeneuve was his teammate and then they threw Kubica a chance and the word was Heidfeld has suddenly found 0.5 seconds a lap..where was the speed previously
In terms of similarities to Button's career... well Button did not have Mercedes backing to get into F1 and his root was not as smooth
Button obviously did not handle the BAR /Williams mess well but then who does when they put their name to paper and realise they may be sued. His career appeared to be going up until people realised Honda were in a lot more mess than
but he did show his abilities when it was wet
he had his one chance/ lifeline and seized his opportunity
I am sure if Heidfeld was hussling the other 4 teams regularly like Kubica did in 2010 he might have been on the grid still
I should add despite initial rejections by Ron at Mclaren for 2002... he was promised that may drive for the team in future...and who did Ron pick next to replace DC....Juan Montoya
Not sponsor friendly was Ron's reasons and it seems to be one of his achilles heel that he is a sponsors nightmare
If you compare to Mika Hakkinen the iceman somehow fitted with Mercedes appeal in Germany
If Heidfeld had been in that 2005 McLaren, I believe they would have won the Constructors' Championship.
I don't feel he is that much worse than Jenson Button, really.
... wait we are actually talking about Heidfeld
Mephistopheles - I'd rather see a German get a drive on merit than a Brit get in by paying because his daddy's loaded.
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