German driver Nick Heidfeld is one of the most experienced competitors on the Formula E grid, having started 183 races in an F1 career that spanned 12 seasons. In the very first ePrix in Beijing, Heidfeld’s move on Nicolas Prost for the lead of the race ended in disaster when Prost moved over and caused a collision, sending Heidfeld somersaulting through the air. He never quite recovered from this, regularly showing front-running pace but also regularly being hit with penalties, both self-inflicted and unfortunate. He did finish on the podium once, in Moscow, but will hope to fight for race wins, or even the championship this year.
Mönchengladbach native Heidfeld had a glorious junior career, winning titles in German Formula Ford, German Formula 3 and International F3000, plus triumphing in the Monaco F3 Grand Prix. After acting as a test driver for McLaren, he got his F1 race debut for Prost in 2000, the team owned by e.Dams Renault co-founder Alain Prost. After one season with the French outfit in which he failed to score a point, he then switched to Sauber, experiencing a successful 2001 with the Swiss team in which he took one podium and finished 8th in the drivers’ standings. The next two years were tougher, however, and a move to Jordan followed in 2004.
After a year with just three points being scored, he was on the move again in 2005, joining Williams. A better season would follow with 11th overall and 28 points, before a move back to Sauber for 2006, now a BMW factory team. With BMW Sauber, he experienced four successful seasons – scoring eight podiums and finishing 5th overall in 2007 as a highlight. After leaving the team prior to 2010, he returned for the last 5 races of the season in place of Pedro de la Rosa. 2011 saw a move to Lotus Renault, however he was dropped mid-season, ending his F1 career. Since then he has mainly raced in the WEC for Rebellion Racing.