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.
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”.
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