Sauber returnee Nick Heidfeld has declared himself “very happy” with his first day’s efforts of Grand Prix action at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The German was announced as Pedro de la Rosa’s replacement at the Sauber squad, Heidfeld finished just a tenth slower than Kobayashi in FP2 and reckons there's more to comemarking his return to F1 competition since BMW’s swansong race at Abu Dhabi last year.

More tellingly for Heidfeld, he seemed quickly onto the pace of team-mate Kamui Kobayashi, finishing just a tenth shy of the Japanese rookie in 13th place in the second practice session.

“I enjoyed driving a lot,” he said after the second practice session.

“For the second session we changed a few things, but it is clear two sessions are not enough to analyse everything. I see many areas where we can improve the set-up of the car and areas where I can improve in getting the best out of the car.”

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.