Lotus Renault GP has confirmed that Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna will drive the R31 in Jerez this week, after Vitaly Petrov has done the first two days in the car.
The team says that the German is a candidate for the seat, and while he now looks highly likely to get the job, there’s no guarantee that Renault doesn’t have other options.
A short statement from the team tonight said: “Vitaly will drive the R31 on Thursday and Friday, as originally scheduled. For Saturday and Sunday, the team will give mileage to Bruno Senna and will also evaluate Nick Heidfeld, who is a potential replacement for Robert Kubica as a race driver. The exact running order for the weekend will be confirmed on Friday
Given the fact that he is free of any contractual obligations, Heidfeld is an obvious candidate for the job. His CV includes a pole, eight second places, and four thirds. Last year he did some early testing for Pirelli and did the last few races for Sauber after Pedro de la Rosa was dropped. He was also Kubica’s BMW team mate.