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Heidfeld Set to Leave Mahindra, Formula E

Nick Heidfeld set to leave Mahindra, pursuing options outside of Formula E…

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Nick Heidfeld says he is likely to downscale his driving activities as he looks at “possibilities to do different things” in the future.

E-racing365 has learned that Heidfeld is highly unlikely to continue his ABB FIA Formula E Championship career next season and that Mahindra Racing is pursuing options for a replacement driver.

The long-time former Formula 1 driver joined Mahindra for Season Two and has been with the Indian team for the past three seasons.

He has scored seven third-place finishes for Mahindra and registered his best overall season finish of seventh in Season Three.

This season Heidfeld registered 42 points, less than half of what he attained the previous season, and has been looking at future projects away from driving for Mahindra since spring.

“I don’t have an exact program for next year, but I have certainly come up with more options for myself which definitely include driving, as having only been a racing driver for many years, a new chapter of taking on some different roles appeals to me,” Heidfeld told e-racing365.

“I feel quite happy in the situation where I know I have some possibilities and can go in certain directions, but at the moment it is all ongoing and just talking in the background discussing options.”

Heidfeld told e-racing365 that he would consider other forms of racing including a future possible transition to rallycross.

“There are certain possibilities to do different things than only driving which I still love and am passionate about, but it might well be that this will become less, it might well be that it stays the same, which one we don’t know,” he said.

“I am very open now having thought about more options and possibilities over the last month. Rallycross looks very interesting and cool, I’d like to try it.

“It took some time to be ready to consider these things, but I am 41 now and you have to look at some point to probably doing something else and I have grown to the thought and like the idea of trying some other things as well.”

Mahindra may be faced with the possibility of replacing both its current drivers should Felix Rosenqvist take up an option to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series next year.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Travis McBee

    July 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Come to IMSA!

  2. Anon

    July 17, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I suppose Daniel Juncadella will be one of the main contenders for the seat (or one of them if Rosenqvist departs for Indy).

  3. krisg

    July 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    With RallyCross switch to EV power using the same approach started with FE, a common chassis and battery developed by Williams, drivers as Heidfeld with experience in BE racing vehicles will be in high demand.

  4. Chris

    July 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I’d like to see him in the EGT series.

  5. A Sleeper From Pittsburg

    July 19, 2018 at 10:01 am

    “should Felix Rosenqvist take up an option to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series” Smart move, going where the real racing is.

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