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Nick Heidfeld

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Template:F1 driverNick Heidfeld (born May 10 1977) is a German Formula One auto racing driver who is driving for the Williams team in 2005.

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Early career

Heidfeld was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and began racing in 1988. In 1994, he moved into the German Formula Ford series, and gained widespread attention by winning 8 of the 9 races to take out the title. In 1995, he won the German International Formula Ford 1800 Championship, and came second in the Zetec Cup. This led to a drive in the German International Formula 3 championship for 1996, where he finished third after taking 3 wins. The following year, Heidfeld won the German F3 Championship, including a win at the prestigious Monaco event. In 1998, he won three races and was runner-up in the European Formula 3000 Championship with the West Junior Team, failing to win the title because he lost his pole position at the final race due to a team error. During that season, he was also the official test driver for the McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team. In 1999, he won the International Formula 3000 Championship.

Formula One career

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Heidfeld in practice at the 2005 United States Grand Prix

Having impressed with his final season of Formula 3000, Heidfeld was signed as a race driver for the Prost Grand Prix F1 team for the 2000 season, alongside Jean Alesi. Heidfeld struggled with his new car, with a string of retirements throughout the year forcing him out of the team. He signed a three-year contract with Sauber for 2001, partnered with rookie driver Kimi Räikkönen. After the announcement of Mika Hakkinen's retirement, many thought that Heidfeld would replace him in the McLaren team, as he had outperformed Räikkönen over the year, including a podium position in the Brazilian Grand Prix. However, the seat went to Räikkönen, and Heidfeld stayed with Sauber for 2002 and 2003. At the end of 2003, Heidfeld was dumped from the team and looked to be without a race seat for the 2004 season. However, after a number of successful tests, it was announced that Heidfeld would race with the Jordan Grand Prix team, alongside rookie Giorgio Pantano. Heidfeld was impressive in a mediocre car, but was not signed for another team in 2005. During the winter, Heidfeld has tested with WilliamsF1, in a 'shootout' with Antonio Pizzonia for the second race seat. At the Williams launch on January 31, it was announced that Heidfeld would be a race driver for the team in 2005.

At the seventh race of the season at the Nurburgring circuit, his home grand prix, Heidfeld took his first ever pole position.He has also achieved his best position to-date (2nd) with Williams in Monaco this year.

Complete Formula One results

Notes:

  • Grands Prix in bold denote points scoring races
  • Grands Prix in italics denote races in which this driver did not participate
Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Team
2000 Pros AUS BRA SAN GBR SPA EUR MON CAN FRA AUT DEU HUN BEL ITA USA JPN MAL     Pros
2001 Saub AUS MAL BRA SAN SPA AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA USA JPN     Saub
2002 Saub AUS MAL BRA SAN SPA AUT MON CAN EUR GBR FRA DEU HUN BEL ITA USA JPN     Saub
2003 Saub AUS MAL BRA SAN SPA AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR DEU HUN ITA USA JPN       Saub
2004 Jord AUS MAL BAH SAN SPA MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA   Jord
2005 Will AUS MAL BAH SAN SPA MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR DEU HUN TUR ITA BEL BRA JPN CHN Will

Reference

Williams give Heidfeld his chance (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/4083915.stm). BBC Sport (31. January, 2005).

External links

Official website (http://www.nick-heidfeld.de)


Constructors and drivers competing in the 2005 Formula One championship:
Ferrari BAR Renault Williams McLaren Sauber Red Bull Toyota Jordan Minardi
1 M Schumacher
2 Barrichello
3 Button
4 Sato
5 Alonso
6 Fisichella
7 Webber
8 Heidfeld
9 Räikkönen
10 Montoya
11 Villeneuve
12 Massa
14 Coulthard
15 Klien
16 Trulli
17 R Schumacher
18 Monteiro
19 Karthikeyan
20 Friesacher
21 Albers
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