NICK HEIDFELD TO RACE LOLA LMP1 IN 2012 WEC
Rebellion Racing has today announced that Nick Heidfeld will drive one of the team’s Lola-Toyota LMP1 coupés during the FIA World Endurance Championship opening rounds and the 80th Le Mans 24 Hours. The team have also announced that Jeroen Bleekemolen has re-signed for the team and will share the #13 Lola-Toyota with Andrea Belicchi and Harold Primat. Heidfeld, the former Formula One driver, will race for the Swiss team at the Sebring 12 Hours, Spa 6 Hours and the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours. Heidfeld will share the seat of the #12 Lola-Toyota with Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost.
Nick Heidfeld, 34, took the 1999 Formula 3000 title aboard a West Competetion Lola chassis before starting 183 Formula 1 Grand Pri,x reaching the podium on 13 occasions. He began in Formula One at Prost GP in 2000 before moving onto Sauber (2001-2003), Jordan, (2004) Williams (2005), then BMW Sauber (2006-2009). In 2010 Nick was Mercedes GP third driver and Pirelli test driver and had a part season (five races) with Sauber. In 2011 Nick was a Lotus-Renault driver. Heidfeld had one Le Mans 24 Hours start in 1999 with AMG-Mercedes factory squad.
Nick Heidfeld: “I am really looking forward to this new challenge and I am especially excited that the first race in Sebring, being a new circuit for me, is only a few weeks away. Since I did Le Mans in 1999 I always knew that I wanted to come back to endurance racing. I am very happy to join Rebellion Racing and hope I can help building up on their already impressive achievements which include winning the Team and Manufacturer championship in the Le Mans Series and finishing just behind the Peugeot and Audi works teams in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.”
Bart Hayden, Rebellion Racing Team Manager: "We had a number of options for high profile drivers joining our Team for the longer distance race events such as Sebring and Le Mans. Nick Heidfeld was available and was looking for a new challenge. Nick will be a valuable addition to the team, he is quick, highly-experienced, enthusiastic and very happy to be part of Rebellion Racing. We are pleased to welcome Nick to the team and are looking forward to the start of the season next month at the Sebring 12 Hours, opening round of the new FIA World Endurance Championship.”