Why? Is it because he beat Raikkonen in 2001? Because he beat Massa in 2002? Or because he beat Kubica in 2007?
I’m not saying he should be a world champion, but come on, he was definitely above average.
Drivers like Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel and Raikkonen are above average. Senna and Liuzzi are below average. Heidfeld is better than those two, but he’s still only average. And actually, in those three examples you gave, I’d only consider him beating Raikkonen noteworthy- and it was only once anyway.
To be honest I think people are overestimating the speed of the Renault, the times from the last test mean nada.
If they want a driver consistantly scoring points then Heidfeld is easily the right choice.
I’d be very surprised if the Renault car is truly up to the pace of McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari, but that doesn’t mean it can’t win a race or two with the right driver. Heidfeld would deliver consistent points I agree, but who would turn down Kimi over Nick?