Mercedes GP has seemingly branded its driving line-up as ‘German enough’, effectively ruling out the possibility of F1 veteran Nick Heidfeld rejoining the team in a test driver role for the 2011 season.
Having started in that role in 2010, Heidfeld left the team to become Pirelli’s tyre development driver in the mid-year, before joining the Sauber team for the final five races of the season in place of Pedro de la Rosa.
Several factors – not least of which being his not-earth-shattering performance against Sauber team-mate Kamui Kobayashi, as well as a lack of sponsorship backing – have meant that Heidfeld has once again found himself cast on the sidelines, and it seems that Mercedes GP has ruled itself out as a prospective employer.
“We already have two German drivers,” Joachim Schmidt, the team’s head of marketing told the Bietigheimer Zeitung newspaper, referring to the team’s unchanged racing line-up of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.
“At the moment we are in conversation with potential candidates,” he added, but declined to specify whom the team was scouting.
GP2 driver Sam Bird had a test outing with the squad during the end-of-year Young Drivers’ test at Abu Dhabi.
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