Heidfeld tipped for Williams
THE Williams Formula One team wants to keep the world guessing for up to another six weeks on who will be Australian Mark Webber's teammate next year, but its engine supplier, BMW, has virtually confirmed it will be German Nick Heidfeld.
BMW motor sport director Mario Theissen said Heidfeld will not be sent home after impressive form in recent testing in Spain where he was pitted directly against the other contender for the vacancy, Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia.
"What is important is that the fastest one drives," Theissen said as German media reported that Heidfeld had signed a deal worth about €3 million ($5.27 million), a figure that would only be paid to a driver to race for a season rather than just test for a team.
Heidfeld drove for ****** in 2004 and previously raced for Sauber.
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