Nick Heidfeld replaces Pedro de la Rosa at Sauber for final five races

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld, Sauber, 2010

Nick Heidfeld will make his return to Formula 1 at the Singapore Grand Prix next week.

The German driver will take Pedro de la Rosa’s place at Sauber.

Heidfeld returns to the team he drove for from 2001-2003, and from 2006 to 2009 when it was owned by BMW. He has made a total of 120 race appearances for them.

In a statement released by the team Peter Sauber said:

It was a hard decision for me to make as a team principal and I want to thank Pedro for his professionalism. By signing Nick we have a driver we know extremely well who will help us to further judge the comparative potential of our car.

Heidfeld, who has recently been conducting tyre testing for Pirelli, said:

I?m looking forward like crazy to having the opportunity to go racing again in a good car in Formula One from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards.

After the last months I?m even more motivated than ever. For me it is like coming home, as I raced for seven years in total for the team from Hinwil. Without doubt I will be feeling at home straight away and this should help me to familiarise myself as soon as possible with the car. I want to thank Peter Sauber for the faith he has put in me.

In 14 starts for Sauber this year de la Rosa scored six points, 15 fewer than rookie team mate Kamui Kobayashi.

But he retired from more than a third of his starts with mechanical problems, one of which struck while he was running fourth at Shanghai.

Update: Pirelli aren’t confirming whether Heidfeld will be replaced as their test driver, but said he’s “doing a great job with us also right now in Jerez”.

Read more: Nick Heidfeld biography

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