Sep 02

Bruno Senna to drive for remainder of 2011

Lotus Renault GP and Nick Heidfeld announce separation

2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Bruno Senna 032011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Nick Heidfeld 02Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Bruno Senna has been named as a race driver alongside Vitaly Petrov for the remainder of the 2011 Formula 1 season. Romain Grosjean remains the team’s third driver.

Lotus Renault GP and Nick Heidfeld announce separation

Lotus Renault GP and Nick Heidfeld have reached an amicable settlement today and have chosen to part company with immediate effect. This announcement enables both parties to bring the matter to a close and concentrate on their respective sporting challenges in the future.

Eric Boullier, LRGP Team Principal and Managing Director: “Our disagreement with Nick has been the subject of much media coverage lately, and we are pleased to have reached a swift and reasonable solution. Our separation process was already a painful one, and neither of us wanted to go through another legal hearing. We’re very grateful to Nick for the highly valuable contribution he’s made to the team. We certainly had good times together, in particular remembering our podium finish in Malaysia. He is a very strong and determined racer and we wish him every success in the future.”

Nick Heidfeld: “Obviously I’m disappointed to be leaving Lotus Renault GP in the middle of the season. I thought I could still make a big contribution to the team, but I have to see things as they are and I want to turn my attention to the future. We have taken the right decision by choosing to end our collaboration today. I would like to wish all the friends I made at Enstone a successful end to the season. One thing is for sure – I’ll be back racing at the highest level soon.”

Both parties consider the matter settled and will refrain from making any further public statements on the issue in the future.

source: lotusrenaultgp.com

Heidfeld settles, Renault confirms Senna for 2011

An out of court settlement between the team and axed driver Nick Heidfeld has cleared the way for Renault to sign Bruno Senna for the rest of 2011.

A media statement said German Heidfeld, who had hoped to return to the R31 in Singapore after a London High Court hearing, has reached “an amicable settlement” with Renault.

The 34-year-old and the team have therefore “chosen to part company with immediate effect”, with Renault boss Eric Boullier describing it a “swift and reasonable solution”.

“Our separation process was already a painful one, and neither of us wanted to go through another legal hearing,” added the Frenchman.

Renault promptly confirmed Brazilian Senna as Vitaly Petrov’s new regular teammate for the remainder of 2011, with new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean as the reserve.

 source: GMM