Nick Heidfeld

Nick made his debut in F1 in the year 2000 for Prost Peugeot finishing his first season in the sport in 20th position scoring no points.

In 2001 he moved to Sauber and was joined in the team by rookie Kimi Raikkonen and scored a respectable 12 points finishing 8th in the WDC standings for the midfield team beating his rookie teammate. At the end of 2001 is was widely reported that Nick would replace retiring F1 legend Mika Hakkinen at Mclaren but he was left disappointed because it was infact his rookie teammate that landed the drive at Mclaren ahead of him.

So in the end he ended up spending another two seasons with Sauber paired with rookie Felipe Massa in 2002 scoring 7 points and in 2003 he was partner by fellow German Heniz-Harald Frentzen scoring 6 points.

In 2004 Nick swapped Sauber for Jordon and was partnered by both Pantano and Glock at the team scoring JUST 3 points.

In 2005 Heidfeld left Jordon and joined team Williams BMW partnering Austrailan Mark Webber after having a shoot out with Pizzonia for the second seat at Williams. Heidfeld went on to score 28 points that season for Williams. During that season he scored his first ever Pole Position and went on to claim 2 podiums.

In 2006 Heidfeld and BMW left Williams and took over the Sauber team. Heidfelds teammate to begin with that season was former World Champion Jacque Villeneuve, but after Villeneuve hurt himself at the German GP, he was replaced by rookie Robert Kubica. Heidfeld in 2006 scored 23 points.

In the seasons that followed Heidfeld stayed at BMW until their quit the sport back in 2009. In 2007 he scored 61 points, in 2008 he scored 81 points and in 2009 he scored 19 points.

In 2010 he joined Mercedes GP as a test and reserve driver but at the Singapore GP he was drafted in too replace Pedro De La Rosa at the Sauber team he partnered Kamui Kobayashi for the rest of the season scoring 6 points.

Now in 2011 Heidfeld is driver for the Renault Lotus team after former teammate Robert Kubica suffered a crash in a rally earlier in the year. He has currently scored 34 points so far and is partnered with former GP2 runner up Vitaly Petrov.

Heidfeld's Career has been very steady, but what has Heidfeld got/had missing in him to make top teams take notice of him?
 
:D

So Nick fell down to 16th or 19th or wherever before the car caught fire and the left side grenaded itself.

Where would Nick have finished if he hadn't been put out of his misery on lap 23 given that he was running 4 or 5 or 6 places behind VP?
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Couple of things - I wonder who won the competition to meet Nick H at Spa and if they will be happy to make do with Bruno instead? Secondly, if the stories about Senna replacing Hedifeld at Spa are true is this the end of Nick's F1 career or could we see him turning up at, say, Lotus to replace Trulli or even in an HRT? I can see DTM beckoning...
 

Galahad

Not a Moderator
Valued Member
I don't see Nick getting a drive with any of the crap teams, he hasn't got a budget. DTM seems highly likely...he might be a good choice for BMW's new car.
 

Senna's_right_foot

Pole Sitter
Supporter
I don't see Nick getting a drive with any of the crap teams, he hasn't got a budget. DTM seems highly likely...he might be a good choice for BMW's new car.

I think Priaulx and Farfus are already signed to the BMW 'works' cars although i'm sure they'll have satellite teams. As i've said in the other thread, he's had his time in F1 and I can't see him buying a seat unless he can do a 'Trulli' and convince a team he's worthy of a seat because of his experience.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Is it a one off or is Senna doing the rest of the season?
Senna is in for the rest of the season

I am sure the fact its "Senna in a black and gold "Lotus - Renault"" will be the talking point

This could an unlikely lifeline for Bruno's F1 career

Off course having a bit of money helps for the "skint" team ...Dany Bahar where's the money for the team?

Kubica fans better pray this is not the end of him as well if Bruno shows well
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Nick Heidfeld - the eternal bridesmaid of F1

Most GPs without a win I think
Most 2nd places without a win
Most podiums without a win
Until this season most points without a win !

I don;t think Nick is coming back to F1 unless he is a substitute driver for Sauber

Driving for lowly teams won;t help his career unless Williams suddenly ditch Rubens as the smaller teams need money from sponsors which he does not have. STR will only go to Red Bull junior drivers....Mercedes the team who supported him since his junior days I think have their future covered with Di Resta and Hulkenberg so this is the end of the line
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
That's Andrea de Cesaris

At least thats one unwanted stat Heidfeld wont have to worry about

Does he deserve sympathy ?

Yes - The Lotus/Renault - the team with no right to either name use are in a mess its obvious its an unhappy camp and we are not given the whole picture

No - nearly 200 GPs he's been through the ups and downs of F1 so maybe could have managed his career better
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Yes - The Lotus/Renault - the team with no right to either name use are in a mess its obvious its an unhappy camp and we are not given the whole picture

Correction: They have no right to use "Team Lotus", which they never have. They have every right to use "Group Lotus" as they are part-owned by the same company that own Group Lotus. Group lotus, Lotus Racing and Team Lotus are three different things, albeit that they are hatched from the same egg.

But there is another thread for that discussion.
 
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