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De la Rosa gets the Sauber seat while speculation continues about Heidfeld

January 19, 2010

The former Mclaren tester will bring good experience to Sauber

The announcement that de la Rosa would be getting the second Sauber race seat for 2010 came as a bit of a surprise.

The Spaniard has been forgotten about the past few years and last competed in F1 in 2006, his performances were solid but it’s true to say he didn’t leave people staggered.

But he can drive an F1 car, has a mountain of experience to help young Kobayashi and has worked at Mclaren as a test driver. This may just prove crucial for Sauber as they were confirmed so late it must have disrupted some plans even if they are just picking up where BMW left off. De la Rosa’s history and knowledge or working and developing a car for a top team and set up will give the team some sure footing.

Kobayashi can learn from this and the young star drives very aggressively, which may bring adoring fans and more interest but it could also result in a fair few crashes and retirements. De la Rosa’s main assignment will just be to bring the car home in the points, no one will expect much more.

But there does seem to be something amiss-Heidfeld has plenty of experience, has worked with the team and has beaten the rated Kubica twice when they were teammates so why hasn’t he got the seat?

Money is always an issue and Heidfeld may be asking for more than he brings to the team. There is also a possibility that Heidfeld wasn’t really looking for a drive with Sauber. The only other team he has been linked to is Renault where his former teammate Robert Kubica has switched to.

Heidfeld didn’t seem too positive about the new teams indicating that he felt they were an unstable option and it’s no secret that his Formula One chances were hurt by Schumacher filling the Mercedes’ cockpit.

He could play the long game and become a third driver for Merc in the hope that Schumacher is just too old or his neck goes again but it’s a big risk and if the racing seat doesn’t materialise then he may not get another chance.

Renault seems the best option as it will be looking for stability after the Genii deal and Singapore scandal and Nick can provide that with solid results. Kubica could only be there for a year so Nick could be good for a long term deal but Klien and Petrov are still on the prowl for an F1 car to pilot.

I like Heidfeld and it was seem ridiculous if someone who had beaten Kubica in 2009 was left out in the cold. But I don’t have too much sympathy for Nick, I generally think F1 drivers get the seats they deserve and it’s Heidfeld’s onus to show why he should have a competitive race seat.

Have Sauber made the right choice? What do you think will happen to Quick Nick? Leave a comment and have your say.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. wasiF1 permalink
    January 19, 2010 3:48 pm

    Where will Nick end up?
    Renault?

  2. SaloolaS permalink
    January 19, 2010 7:55 pm

    Nick should have gotten that seat.

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