Heidfeld – his thoughts on next season and retirement.

Nick Heidfeld has stated he has no plans to follow Michael Schumacher’s lead into retirement. He has however admitted that all the publicity surrounding Schumacher’s retirement has made him think about his own future. “But I don’t get very far on that score,” he explained. “It’s basically way too soon for me and I don’t have any plans as yet.” BMW made steady progress in the 2006 season and finished fifth in the constructor’s championship, ahead of Red Bull, Williams and Toyota.

Heidfeld has also said he feels confident about next season. “I’m convinced we’ll make further progress in 2007 but today things are really difficult because there are only big teams, really. In 2007 we need to take that a step further, but you shouldn’t expect miracles.” Heidfeld will be partnered by Polish driver Robert Kubica next season.

He admits that he gets on better with Kubica than he did with his previous partner, Jacques Villeneuve. “to that extent, things are more fun now, but that’s not really what counts. It is important for me to have a fast teammate who I can benchmark myself against. Having two quick drivers is a good thing for the team.”