Despite on of his more competitive showings of late – up until crashing out of last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix – Nick Heidfeld’s position at Renault isn’t so secure, according to the latest paddock whispers…
Reports in Auto Motor und Sport claim that Renault team owner Gerard Lopez paid a visit to Brazil in the days leading up the race in Montreal. This sparked rumours that the Luxembourgeois businessman could be looking for backers to help promote Bruno Senna – the team’s lead reserve driver – into Heidfeld’s seat.
With the team having recently issued comments to the effect that Heidfeld needed to lift his game as the de facto team leader, some have suggested that such mutterings could simply be the precursor to getting a better-funded driver into his seat, with the German report claiming that the team “desperately needs money”, and owes bills to Renault’s engine arm for the supply of its V8 engines.
However, it seems that Heidfeld’s position may not immediately be under threat, with Renault team boss Eric Boullier describing the veteran’s race as “perfect” prior to his accident in the latter stages of the race.
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