February 16, 2011
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Nick Heidfeld has been chosen as Renault's driver for 2011
The Renault team have confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will replace the injured Robert Kubica for the 2011 season.
Nick was always the favourite for the drive, after leading the third day of testing in Jerez after a 1-day trial with the team.
“I would have liked to come back to Formula 1 in different circumstances, but I’m
proud to have been given this chance.
Everything has happened so quickly, but I’ve been very impressed by what I have
seen so far in terms of the facilities and the dedication of the people at Enstone.
I really enjoyed the test last week in Jerez and I’ve already settled in well with
the guys at the track. I have a good feeling for the car, which is quite innovative.
I’m extremely motivated and can’t wait for the season to begin.”
Interestingly, when Robert Kubica was asked who he would prefer to be his replacement, he stated that he would have picked Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India’s driver last year. The 26-year-old is friends with both drivers.