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Nick Heidfeld

By Phil Giles
January 30 2005


ďI feel really at home with the Jordan Ford team and Iím happy to be racing with them this year.Ē
- Nick Heidfeld.

10th May 1977
Stafa, Switzerland

Nick Heidfeld, at the age of 26, is Jordanís ideal combination of youth and experience, with four years of Fl under his belt during which time he regularly outdid the performances of impressive teammates: Jean Alesi, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

The German from began karting at the age of 11 and followed a textbook career through kart championships, Formula Ford winning 8 of 9 races in his first year of car racing and Formula 3, winning three races in his first season and the championship the following year.

In Formula 3000 he came close to winning the title in his first season, and did a dominant job of securing it at the second attempt, while at the same time carrying out duties as an official McLaren Fl test driver from 1997 to 1999. His Fl debut was with Prost, following which he drove for Sauber for three years, remarkable for his consistent speed and assertive rececraft, alongside occasionally unpredictable teammates. His best result in Fl so far is a podium place when he came 3rd in the 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix, a race of attrition which demanded a determined drive to stay at the front of the field to bring in the result.

Jordan Ford engineers were convinced by Heidfeld s thorough and dynamic work in pre-season testing and are hoping that he will have the chance to shine on the racetrack, spearheading the teamís fightback in 2004.

ďEarly tests with the EJI4 have been promising as itís been a reliable car and I think with any luck we will just keep improving and improving it all year. Itís not going to be easy and we wonít make huge steps all at once. But we have a good base and little by little Iím confident we will move forward, score points and keep the competition behind us. I am fully motivated and determined to prove myself.Ē

F1 World Championship
Jordan Ford,
Team mate Giorgio Pantano

14th in F1 World Championship
Sauber Petronas,
Team Mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen

10th in F1 World Championship
Sauber Petronas,
Team Mate Felipe Massa

8th in F1 World Championship
Sauber Petronas,
Team Mate - Kimi Raikkonen
3rd in Brazilian Grand Prix

F1 World Championship
Prost Peugeot,
Team Mate - Jean Alesi

1st in Formula 3000 European Championship
West Team.
F1 test driver for McLaren Mercedes

2nd in Formula 3000 European Championship
West Team.
F1 test driver for McLaren Mercedes

1st in German International Formula 3 Championship
BSR team
Mercedes Junior driver ó 5000km
F1 testing with McLaren Mercedes
Pole position and race winner Formula 3
Grand Prix of Monaco

3rd in German International Formula 3 Championship Opel BSR team
6th in Macau Grand Prix

1st in German International Formula Ford 1800 Championship,
2nd in German Formula Ford 1800 Championship (Zetec-Cup)

1st in German Formula Ford 1600 Championship ( 8 of 9 races)

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