Heidfeld replaced by Senna? (Confirmed)
August 22, 2011
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The BBC are reporting that Renault driver Nick Heidfeld has been dropped from the squad’s line-up, with Bruno Senna taking his seat for the rest of the year.
Heidfeld has endured a trying year with the Renault team, having failed to lead the team after the loss of Robert Kubica after a rally crash.
It has also been hinted that Renault are suffering from a lack of funding. While Nick demands several million euro in salary, Senna comes with substansial sponsorship money free of charge.
Romain Grosjean was rumoured to be lined up for a race seat, having performed exceptionally well in GP2 this year. He previously stood in for sacked Nelson Piquet Jr. in 2009.
While this story has been reported by a trusted source, the team are yet to confirm this story.
Heidfeld currently lies 8th in the drivers’ standings, 2 points ahead of teammate Vitaly Petrov.
Update: Renault have confirmed that Senna will race alongside Vitaly Petrov in this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. A short statement was issued:
"Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Bruno Senna will race alongside Vitaly
Petrov at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
Bruno will attend the Official FIA Press Conference tomorrow at 15.00.
A press release with further details on the matter will be issued tomorrow morning."
It is currently unknown is this switch for one race only, or for the rest of the season.