Heidfeld Won't Test Next Week

Nick Heidfeld is looking unlikely to return to Formula One action at the Japanese Grand Prix after Williams announced on Sunday that he would not be testing their car as planned next week

Heidfeld Won't Test Next Week

Heidfeld had hoped to return to the cockpit to gauge his fitness as he recovers from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident on the weekend of the Belgian Grand Prix. The German told Autosport-Atlas earlier this week that if he was okay in the test then he would be fit to race in Suzuka.

But those plans appear to have changed, with Williams stating that Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia will be their only drivers for the test at Jerez.

It is unlikely that the team would risk putting Heidfeld back in the car in Japan without testing him beforehand.

Should Heidfeld definitely sit out the Japanese Grand Prix then the team are likely to choose between Antonio Pizzonia or Nico Rosberg.

Pizzonia's inclusion in next week's test is not particularly significant, because Rosberg cannot take part in the run because he will be in Bahrain for the final round of the GP2 Series.

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