Heidfeld replaces Kubica for F1

Renault has confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will replace Robert Kubica, who suffered serious injuries during a high-speed rally crash in Italy, for the 2011 Formula One season.

The 33-year-old German will drive alongside Vitaly Petrov in the forthcoming F1 season.

He was chosen by Renault after Kubica suffered multiple fractures and a partially severed right hand in the accident. He had to undergo a number of surgeries and is still in intensive care.

Heidfeld's remarkable performance at the pre-season test in Jerez saw him winning the opportunity to replace Kubica in Renault's driving line-up. He left test driver Bruno Senna behind to top the list.

Heidfeld said: "I would have liked to come back to Formula One in different circumstances, but I'm proud to have been given this chance.

"Everything has happened so quickly, but I've been very impressed by what I have seen so far in terms of the facilities and the dedication of the people at Enstone.

"I really enjoyed the test last week in Jerez and I've already settled in well with the guys at the track."

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