It is looking increasingly certain that Nick Heidfeld is set to walk away from his role as test driver for Pirelli as it develops its new tyres for next years Formula One season.
The German racer made no secret of the fact that he hoped taking the job with the Italian tyres company could propel him back on to the racing track.
Now after landing a new contract with Sauber, who have dropped Pedro de la Rosa, he has got his wish and will be competing in the remaining Grand Prix’s of the 2010 season.
After it was announced the 33-year-old is joining Sauber to immediately replace de la Rosa, speculation emerged that Heidfeld might make his race return whilst remaining with Pirelli.
The veteran of almost 170 grands prix is testing Pirelli’s tyres for a third time this week at Jerez, but then on Friday his role with the Italian marque ends.
Although Sauber did not refer specifically to Pirelli, the team confirmed that Heidfeld’s new contract only begins on Friday – after the Jerez test and his final Pirelli outing.
“This is all being done rationally,” confirmed Heidfeld’s manager Andre Theuerzeit, according to DPA news agency.
“Everyone is well aware that, first of all, a driver wants to go racing,” he said.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team