Lotus Renault GP and Heidfeld announce separation
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The Lotus Renault GP team along with Nick Heidfeld have reached an amicable settlement today and have chosen to part company with immediate effect.
“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,” said Lotus Renault GP Team Principal Eric Boullier.
“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 continued.
“He is a very strong and determined racer and we wish him every success in the future,” he added.
“Obviously I’m disappointed to be leaving Lotus Renault GP in the middle of the season,” said Heidfeld.
“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,” added the German.
source: Lotus Renault GP