Nick Heidfeld retains seat with BMW Sauber for 2009 F1 season
Earlier today, BMW Sauber confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will continue to drive for the F1 team in the 2009 season. Andre Theuerzeit, who is not only CEO at b.a.n.g. but also Nick Heidfeld's manager, has welcomed this decision: "I am delighted that Nick will retain his seat with the BMW Sauber F1 team in 2009. Nick has made a major and effective contribution to improving the team's performance over the past few years and, in the coming season, we intend to go one stage further towards achieving the ambitious targets we have set ourselves. The fact that Nick and BMW together are a 'well-oiled' and successful team has certainly been a major plus."
As he prepares to embark on a fourth year with the team, Nick Heidfeld has also expressed his satisfaction: "I'm very pleased about this announcement and about the confidence that the team have shown in me. I've always said that I was happy to stay with BMW Sauber because we've managed to achieve what we set out to do at this stage and I really hope that we will be battling it out for the title itself next year. There have been times this season when neither I nor the team could honestly say that we were satisfied with the way things were going, but we have always pulled together and come through."
Manager Andre Theuerzeit can also look back on an eventful year: "This season has by no means been an easy one for Nick and we have come in for some criticism at times. But following the Canadian GP, Nick got down to some intensive work with the team to iron out the problems and his performance then improved. Nick engaged in some serious analysis and fought his way back into contention in a really impressive way.
Since the GP at Montreal, the Monchengladbach-born driver has bagged the third-largest number of championship points. In addition, he has taken the second podium spot on four occasions this year, currently ranks second in the number of fastest laps and has impressed followers of Formula One with numerous overtaking manoeuvres over the course of this season, including the spectacular double passes in Malaysia and Silverstone. And it could easily be overlooked that Nick has also broken one of Michael Schumacher's records this season: he has scored points in 25 successive GP races.
Nick Heidfeld's manager is highly optimistic about the future: "I am convinced that, as the season has progressed, Nick has got even stronger and the understanding he has with his engineers has become even deeper. Although it's too early to speculate about the impact any changes in the regulations may have, I think these are more likely to work to Nick's advantage. So next season, we can certainly expect great things from Nick and the BMW Sauber F1 team. And as for the last three races of this season, I'm convinced that Nick will be in the thick of the action and add to his points haul."