Has F1 seen the last of Nick Heidfeld?

Despite having recently been sacked by the Renault team, Nick Heidfeld won’t turn his back on Formula 1, believing he can still secure a race seat for the 2012 season.

The veteran German was dropped from Renault’s line-up on the basis of his apparently poor performances, and the subsequent agreed-to financial settlement between Renault and Heidfeld helped pave the way for Bruno Senna to occupy Heidfeld’s old seat for the rest of the season.

And with the vast number of teams’ driver line-ups seemingly confirmed for next year, Heidfeld told AUTOSPORT that he would be working hard to secure one of the remaining berths on the grid.

“I am more than hopeful I can secure a seat,” he told the magazine.

“Next year’s cockpits are limited but we are working on it. We already have sponsors interested in joining. But if this becomes the main reason to get a drive, then I can most likely not compete with [a driver armed with] a huge multi-million dollar backing.”

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Richard Bailey

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