Heidfeld could replace Gene

Nick Heidfeld is reportedly set to test a Williams alongside Antonio Pizzonia at Jerez on Friday as the team considers replacing reserve driver Marc Gene with the German for the next round at Hockenheim on July 25

Heidfeld could replace Gene

It is thought that engine suppliers BMW would like to see a German in the race seat alongside Juan Pablo Montoya at the German event with Jordan's Heidfeld seen as the obvious choice.

Gene has contested the last two rounds in France and Britain following Ralf Schumacher's crash at Indianapolis which left him with two fractured vertebrae and a doctor's note for 8-12 weeks. But the Spaniard has been a huge disappointment to the team finishing in 10th and 12th place respectively. It was thought the team may opt for test driver Antonio Pizzonia to replace Gene in Germany, but it seems Heidfeld is the preferred choice.

Schumacher claims he could be fit enough to race as soon as the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 15, but there is no guarantee that Williams would want to take the risk given his condition.

Jordan team boss Eddie Jordan has claimed all season that he would like Heidfeld to head to a top team and would likely have no problem releasing him from his contract, for a price. The team would also have no difficulty finding a quick replacement for Germany as test driver Timo Glock has one grand prix under his belt having replaced Giorgio Pantano at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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