Pirelli swap Heidfeld for Grosjean in test “to avoid favouring any individual team”

Romain Grosjean will take over Nick Heidfeld’s role testing tyres for Pirelli.

The change follows Heidfeld’s move to re-join Sauber, announced on Tuesday.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said the change of drivers to Grosjean was “in order to avoid favouring any individual team”:

We’d like to thank Nick for his very valuable contribution to our tyre development programme and we wish him all the best for the future.

In order to avoid favouring any individual team, we have jointly decided to release Nick from his contract and now we have chosen Romain to test for us in Monza. He’s packed a lot of experience into a short space of time, including all our GP3 tyre development, so I’m sure he’ll be able to give us some very useful feedback.

The tests here at Jerez have gone extremely well and we completed all the work that we planned over the two days. Now we move onto Monza, where our task will be to finalise the construction before we focus further on compounds.
Paul Hembery

Heidfeld completed 100 laps of running in the two-day test at Jerez.

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70 comments on Pirelli swap Heidfeld for Grosjean in test “to avoid favouring any individual team”

  1. simon. said on 17th September 2010, 4:51

    Let’s not forget that this is tyre testing and not chassis work. You don’t need the quickest or most experienced driver. It requires a driver to be consistent at or under 100% – nothing will be acheived by someone who flat-spots, drives in to gravel, or puts it in the wall. Obviously Pirelli are confident that Grosjean will deliver a very stable base that they can interpret data from.

  2. Johann said on 17th September 2010, 8:31

    I really thought Pirelli would go with Pedro, and they still might. Maybee they are just worried that people might think they were benefitting Sauber if they went directly to Pedro.

  3. Daniel said on 17th September 2010, 9:31

    So, now that Lotus are teaming up with Toyata (ESPNF1), does this mean that Pirelli have to find another “neutral” chassis. Perhaps a Super-Aguri?

    Also, while I’m on this topic, does anyone else think that the Lotus tie-up with Toyota is about engines? ESPNF1 are reporting that there is a tie-up with Toyota but that they are likely to use Renault engines and drive-line. This doesn’t make any sense to me. Why would you swap to what is acknowledged to be the slowest engine on the grid?

    • graigchq (@graigchq) said on 17th September 2010, 10:43

      could well be about engines. I heard all the rumours about renault, but nothing have been confirmed yet. If you remember, Lotus teamed up with Toyota in the real world when taking the Elise into the US market, with great success. This could well be a return to that partnership, a Lotus F1 car with Toyota F1 engine could be awesome for the next few years til the engine rules change.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 17th September 2010, 10:48

        Lotus are announcing Renault engine very soon by all accounts, so that seems unlikely.

      • Alex Bkk said on 17th September 2010, 12:34

        It’s been a while since Cosworth won a W.C. or even a race. They are working with new teams with the exception of Williams. I think the real problem with Cosworth is in fitting their engine with the chassis design.

        Williams hasn’t won a race in a long time, but they are the top to the pile for Cosworth. I find it hard to fathom how one can take a “spec” engine and develop a chassis around it, I suppose it can happen but it’s never going to be like an ergonomic fit of engine and chassis like Ferrari have and Macca have had.

        RBR have Newey, and in my opinion he could make a hamster powered F1 car go fast. He put a customer engine into an incredible design… just look at the difference between the factory Renault and the RBR. I think that is really the exception rather than the rule.
        In my opinion the Cosy teams need a better designer to work with.

  4. At least it looks like common sense is breaking out in Pirelli. I hope they continue in this vein all the time they are testing, and use test drivers from different teams all the time…..

  5. Good news for him !
    Still a better tester than Piquet Junior ..

  6. Adam Smith said on 17th September 2010, 15:45

    He has had far too little time testing the tires to gain any advantage from this time working with Pirelli. I welcome Nick back, he was consistent, maybe not exciting, but a good driver non-the-less.

    As for Grosjean, he will do a fine job in my opinion with the tests.

    I look forward to seeing if Heidfeld can beat Kobayashi!

    • Does Heidfeld need another advantage from it? He got back in the spotlight and now got a drive for a couple of races.

  7. Hopefully Pirelli knows what they are doing…

  8. Sad Rob P said on 23rd September 2010, 12:08

    Grosjean a good tester watched him at silverstone a few years ago – but great feedback from everyone, keep it up. Any Schumy jokes yet ? (Tester) Me sad – not now able to go to singapore hurt me knee !!!

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