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AUGUST 26, 2011

Heidfeld takes legal action

Nick Heidfeld is taking legal action in the High Court in London in a bid to get himself back into a Lotus Renault GP cockpit in time for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Renault is rumoured to have financial concerns and it is believed that Bruno Senna, who will drive alongside Vitaly Petrov this weekend at Spa and at Monza in a fortnight, is said to have backing from his native Brazil.

Heidfeld said: "I was surprised by the team's intention to replace me and regret that things have developed this way. I just wanted to be in the cockpit to get the best result for the team and me. I still have a clear contract and I want to drive."

His lawyer, Stefan Seitz, confirmed: "The interlocutory decision of the court does not infringe on the fact that Nick has a valid contract to be one of the two main drivers of the team. This position is disputed by the team for apparently purely financial reasons. We do not intend to rest before Nick's legal position has been fully restored."

Heidfeld's manager Andre Theuerzeit added: "I'm disappointed that the team is allowed to let another driver take Nick's seat for the next weekends. However, I certainly am confident that we will be able to enforce a fair solution for Nick in the further proceedings. We all hope that Nick will be back in the cockpit in Singapore."