“It now becomes very emotional. During the last laps I had to pull myself together in order to keep my concentration,” said the 32-year old racer following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
Although it was Robert Kubica who recorded Sauber's very best results in history – namely winning a Formula One race last year and also scoring the team's maiden F1 pole position – Heidfeld was the one to receive an emotional gift from the co-owner of the Swiss team. According to a statement from the team, Peter Sauber gave Heidfeld a Formula One car from this era as a “Thank You” note for all the years he has spent at Hinwil.
“As a thank you for Nick Heidfeld's seven years of great commitment to the team in Hinwil, Peter Sauber is giving him a Formula One car from this era,” said the team.
Unless a team pulls out of the 2010 Formula One Championship entry list, BMW Sauber will have to say good-bye to their F1 operations. Although the FIA has constantly tried to resolve the situation for the Swiss team – namely granting it with a 14th entry – the disapproval of certain F1 teams have blocked the team's survival in the series.
Only 13 teams are to enter the 2010 season, with 4 newcomers as part of the new mix: US Grand Prix Engineering, Manor F1, Campos Grand Prix and Lotus F1 Team.