The news that BMW Sauber has chosen Pedro de la Rosa to partner Kamui Kobayashi this year is another blow for Nick Heidfeld.
His options for which team to drive for in 2010 are increasingly restricted to teams that performed poorly in 2010, or ones that weren’t on the grid at all.
He had previously been tipped for the second seat at Mercedes, which went to Michael Schumacher.
There have been rumours he might take the third driver role at the team but with testing so tightly restricted at the moment it’s unlikely he’d get any running at all during the year unless one of their drivers were injured.
He may consider Renault the strongest option for this year – where he would join fellow BMW refugee Robert Kubica.
The only other team which competed last year and still has a vacancy to fill is Toro Rosso, who are expected to re-sign Jaime Alguersuari alongside Sebastian Buemi.
The remaining driver vacancies for the 2010 season are at Campos (one seat) and USF1 (both seats).
Surely one of these teams would want a driver as experienced and dependable as Heidfeld, who’s kept the highly-rated Kubica honest during their time together?
Pedro de la Rosa joins BMW Sauber