Heidfeld officially splits with Lotus Renault

Lotus Renault has announced that it has split with Nick Heidfeld after reaching a settlement.

Bruno Senna is now free to finish the 2011 season for the team, LRGP has also confirmed, with Romain Grosjean as third driver.

A statement said: “Lotus Renault GP and Nick Heidfeld have reached an amicable settlement today and have chosen to part company with immediate effect. This announcement enables both parties to bring the matter to a close and concentrate on their respective sporting challenges in the future.

“Our disagreement with Nick has been the subject of much media coverage lately,” said Eric Boullier. “And we are pleased to have reached a swift and reasonable solution. Our separation process was already a painful one, and neither of us wanted to go through another legal hearing.

“We’re very grateful to Nick for the highly valuable contribution he’s made to the team. We certainly had good times together, in particular remembering our podium finish in Malaysia. He is a very strong and determined racer and we wish him every success in the future.”

“Obviously I’m disappointed to be leaving Lotus Renault GP in the middle of the season,” said Heidfeld. “I thought I could still make a big contribution to the team, but I have to see things as they are and I want to turn my attention to the future. We have taken the right decision by choosing to end our collaboration today. I would like to wish all the friends I made at Enstone a successful end to the season. One thing is for sure – I’ll be back racing at the highest level soon.”

The team added that “both parties consider the matter settled and will refrain from making any further public statements on the issue in the future.”

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5 responses to “Heidfeld officially splits with Lotus Renault

  1. I can’t help but feel sorry for Nick. The guy deserved so much more but always got shunted! MSC’s return gobbled up his Mercedes GP seat, Sauber got him aboard for a short few races but ran towards the money for 2011 and now Renault decided to dump him unceremoniously. There are far less deserving drivers racing in F1 at the moment but well, that’s how it is! Who says F1 got away from the recession unscathed? We can clearly see the effects in the number of sub-par pay drivers lugging around the F1 circuits.
    Unfortunately, for Nick, his prime has passed and we can only wonder what could’ve been..

  2. I luv chicken

    Welcome to DTM, Nick. Your F1 days are over.

  3. St. Elmo

    LRGP’s new sponsors must have put together a nice hush $$$ package for Quick Nick to run away. It’s a shame that sponsorship is put ahead of talent and experience these days.
    Hopefully Nick gets another chance next year but I doubt it will be with a highly rated team. Perhaps Trulli becomes a full time vintner

  4. Barry Wolf

    Cash payment for Nick.

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