Heidfeld will challenge his demotion in the High Court

Despite being something of a persona non grata in Renault’s eyes, Nick Heidfeld’s presence in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock was something of a surprise in the wake of the team’s confirmation that he had been replaced by Bruno Senna. Perhaps more of a surprise was that Heidfeld was decked out Renault’s team uniform.

But what isn’t unexpected is the German’s decision to fight his demotion in the courts, with the 34-year-old telling reports he hopes to be back on the grid by the Singapore Grand Prix.

The German confirmed he has launched legal proceedings against the team, and it is expected the matter will be heard in the High Court on September 19, after the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

“My position is that I have a valid contract and I want to drive,” he told reporters in the paddock.

“I have a contract with them as a main driver and that’s why I am here.”

Renault’s position might be a little different on the matter, and it simply issued a statement confirming that “some legal issues” needed to be resolved.

“The team’s present intention is to give Bruno the opportunity to race for the rest of the season,” the statement read.

“The team will make another announcement on this matter in due course,” it added.

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