BMW Sauber seems doomed to terminate their stay in Formula One at the end of the ongoing season, as the FIA will apparently leave the entry list for the 2010 F1 championship just the way it is. Without a 14th entry, the Swiss team will have to say good-bye to Formula One and probably focus on other racing series, leaving its two current drivers choose different paths in the championship.
“I think it's pretty certain that it's going to be BMW Sauber's last race. I hope Sauber will be here next year, and I'm pretty certain I will be here next year. Nothing's signed yet. We are talking to a couple of teams and I won't say more than that,” said Heidfeld, prior to the season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit.
His teammate Robert Kubica already signed a deal with Renault for only one season. Shortly after inking that deal, the Pole revealed that his new team is looking to sign another experienced driver for the 2010 F1 championship, giving everybody the impression that he might actually team up with his former colleague once again.
Regardless of those media allegations, Heidfeld insisted that his current team deserves to be on the F1 grid next year more than most of the new comers. However, unless a team drops out or the stars align, the Swiss team will not make it to Bahrain next year.
“I think Sauber will do a lot better than the other new teams in terms of how they will perform. I think that should be more important than having new teams in Formula 1. Obviously is good to bring new teams and more cars, but it would be a huge pity if the team was not there. It would be difficult to understand,” added the German driver.