Heidfeld Hopeful Of Securing 2011 Seat
Nick Heidfeld has said he is hopeful of finding a race seat for the 2011 season, after Sauber announced this week they would sign young Mexican Sergio Perez.
Heidfeld had been drafted in to the Sauber team to replace Pedro de La Rosa for the final few races of the season. The 33 year old, who had previously driven for the team in both its privateer and BMW ownership days had been hopeful of racing for the team in 2011.
However he is now looking for a seat in another team, and some big teams like Renault and Williams have yet to confirm their driver line ups.
“I think it will happen,” he said of his prospects of landing a race drive. “But until it’s signed, you can never be sure.
“Obviously there are not that many places left for next year, but we are doing our best. It’s looking positive, definitely.”
“I didn’t know about it [Perez signing for 2011] before I signed for this year,” said Heidfeld. “Obviously I knew that there were things going on in the background and Peter [Sauber] informed me before it was made official.
“Actually, I didn’t complain. Quite the opposite – I congratulated him because it’s great news for the team and especially for the guys in Hinwil who I have worked with for seven years. I’m happy that they can continue with a partner in Telmex that secures the future and gives them the possibility to move further up.”