Nick Heidfeld is a German race car driver mostly remembered for his stint in Formula One where he raced for teams such as Prost Grand Prix, Jordan, Sauber, Williams, Renault and BMW Sauber.
The German racer is notable as one of the most prominent drivers in the sport at the turn of the century when he scored regular podium finishes for Williams in 2005 as well as for BMW Sauber in 2007 and 2008.
Heidfeld holds three very distinguishable records in the sport, having scored the most points in the Formula One Drivers’ Championship without actually ever winning a race, the most finishes on the podium without a Grand Prix victory with 13 and with finishes in second place, he also holds the record for most second place finishes without a victory.
He also holds the record of the most consecutive race classifications with 41.
He was first signed to race in Formula One by Prost Grand Prix, headed by former world champion Alain Prost, who saw in the young Nick Heidfeld a huge potential after watching him race in the GP2000 series. But the youngster struggled with the car in his first season and after four seasons with the team, he left to join Sauber in 2001.
After two seasons with the Swiss side, Heidfeld was on the move again, this time to Jordan and after season with the team, he joined Williams.
After BMW merged with Sauber, Nick Heidfeld was invited to race with the team and had his most consistent period with BMW Sauber.
After the withdrawal of BMW, Heidfeld raced with Sauber and Renault for some time before the leaving the sport in 2011 and currently competes for Rebellion Racing in the World Endurance Championship as well as with Venturi Grand Prix in the Formula E series.
British formula one driver Lewis Hamilton battled back to claim third spot in the German grand prix. The man who worships Michael Schumacher, tried his best and did all he could do to reach third from a very back grid. The Briton harried and bravely surpassed those in the front under almost impossible circumstances. But from another perspective, experts have explained that the 26 year old Briton has lost valuable 10 points to German driver Nico Rosberg in the race. Over the last couple of weekends Rosberg has not been putting any step wrong. Hamilton, however, sounded hopeful after the race when he said, “From this point of view, I can say that things can improve in the upcoming Hungarian race. But yes, it has been a tough weekend for me. I almost lost some important points to Nico in the race. But I tried to limit the damage with a podium finish.”
During the race, Hamilton made some really progressive moves after the 10th lap. According to experts, Hamilton had a tough time while nearing towards Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo dicing in the front. In the 15th lap it was seen that both Vettel and Ferraris started having a formation. During the race, even the small part of the front wing of Hamilton’s car got damaged. The British driver could be one spot behind Nico Rosberg but during his recent interview he has said that the duos are good friends and results on the track do not affect their friendship.
“I really don’t get into these things. Everybody has their own opinions. I want to concentrate on the home races now,” said Hamilton. However, sources from the racing sport said that rivalry between the duos has increased at the Monaco grand prix. Red Bull has also significantly neared gap with Mercedes.
Sergio Perez has put the blame on tyre supplier Pirelli for what he considers to be a humiliating gap between the pace of GP2 cars and Formula 1 this year. Without a doubt, the leading F1 cars are definitely few seconds faster than that of GP2 but there has also been an area of overlap between the F1 cars that are slower and the faster GP2 cars.
Perez has not hesitated in criticizing this year’s F1 and its racing and calling it boring. He is trying to convince Pirelli to take out his aggressive side with its compound choices so as to make a better spectacle for the fans as well as the driving experience of the drivers. Perez feels that it’s a just a little more than embarrassing that the GP2 cars are close to them despite the budget they have to work with. His fastest time in the Spanish Grand Prix practice happened to be only half of a second quicker than what was set in the GP2 practice. He feels that Pirelli needs to bring out the aggression because in the race to occur on Sunday, everyone will behave their eyes on each other and it will ultimately end up being boring. And that is definitely not good for the sport.
Perez claims that the tyres introduced for this season are harder and do not match the cars’ levels of down force which have reduced significantly because of the winter regulation changes. He also added that tyre compound effect is way too big though there is less down force than the past year. The sad part is that Pirelli is not much of a help with pushing them and making them enjoy the driving more. Last year’s problems with the tyre delaminations were highly exaggerated last year. All the drivers are distraught as they are slipping and not finding grip.