Heidfeld not fulfilling leadership role at Renault

Rumours in the F1 paddock surrounding Nick Heidfeld’s tenure at Renault are continuing in full swing.

Several media sources this week have already speculated whether Heidfeld’s lack of Friday practice session seat for the Hungarian Grand Prix is a sign that he has lost the support of team boss Eric Boullier. The speculation has partly come around thanks to Bouiller commenting that he was “disappointed” with Heidfeld’s performance so far this year.

More of that interview has now emerged at the website, with Boullier saying of Heidfeld: “He has not provided the leadership we wanted. He hasn’t taken hold of the team.”

Speculation is now sure to fire up about Heidfeld being replaced in the near future by either Brazilian Senna or the Boullier-managed Romain Grosjean.

According to broadcaster James Allen’s blog, the latter Frenchman could resume his abortive F1 career as soon as he wraps up the GP2 championship.

“He wasn’t ready in 2009 and those seven races alongside Alonso did him a lot of harm,” Boullier said at the Nurburgring. “He’s proved in GP2 this year that he’s a very good driver and he deserves a chance.”


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