SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

Heidfeld confirmed at Sauber

Confirming the rumours, BMW Sauber has announced that Nick Heidfeld will replace Pedro de la Rosa for the rest of the season to partner Kamui Kobayashi.

Team Principal 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."

Nick Heidfeld 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."

Pedro de la Rosa said, "I am surprised by the teams decision, but I respect it and would like to wish everyone good luck for the remainder of the season. I still intend to be in Formula One for 2011."