Heidfeld 'will get' Williams job

Nick Heidfeld has been handed an early Christmas present after one of the key figures at the Williams-BMW team confirmed at the weekend that the German would definitely be taken on by the team next year - even if he does not land a race drive

Heidfeld 'will get' Williams job

With Williams due to test Heidfeld alongside Antonio Pizzonia in the New Year prior to making a final decision about who will join Mark Webber at the team, BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen has lauded the input the German has made during the two tests he has had with the team so far.

And, speaking to German media at the weekend, Theissen indicated that Williams had already seen enough of Heidfeld's abilities to draft him in as a test driver at the very least.

"After his strong achievements we will not send him home," said Theissen, referring to the fact that Heidfeld will not be left with nothing even if Pizzonia lands the race seat.

But when asked whether he had any preference for Heidfeld or Pizzonia joining Webber in a race drive, Theissen was less forthcoming.

"It is important that the fastest one drives," he acknowledged.

The final announcement about who will partner Webber is expected to be made at the launch of the team's new car in Bahrain on January 7.

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