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GP Week : Issue 100
Heidfeld replaces de la Rosa at BMW Sauber GERMAN Nick Heidfeld will return to Formula One action at this week's Singapore Grand Prix after his former BMW Sauber team confirmed lat week that he will replace Pedro de la Rosa for the final five races of 2010. The news came as a major shock to the Spaniard, who had rejoined the F1 grid full- time having spent seven years as a McLaren test driver. "I am surprised by the team's decision, but I respect it and would like to wish everyone good luck for the remainder of the season," de la Rosa said in a team press release. "I still intend to be in Formula One for 2011." De la Rosa's seat was viewed as highly uncertain for 2011 and rumours had suggested he could be replaced before the end of 2010. However, the selection of Heidfeld as the stand-in has come as a surprise, especially as he was acting as the official tyre tester for 2011 supplier Pirelli. Heidfeld said he was thrilled to be going racing again: "I'm looking forward like crazy to having the opportunity to go racing again in a good car in Formula One from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards," said the 33-year-old. "After the last months I'm even more motivated than ever. "For me it is like coming home, as I raced for seven years in total for the team from Hinwil. Without doubt I will be feeling at home straight away and this should help me to familiarise myself as soon as possible with the car. I want to thank Peter Sauber for the faith he has put in me." Pedro surprised by swiftness of decision 8