Nick Heidfeld


  • Mönchengladbach, West Germany Place of Birth
  • 10 May 1977 Date of Birth
  • 2000 Australian Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Renault Current/Last Team

Nick Lars Heidfeld, born on May 10, 1977, in Mönchengladbach, West Germany, is a German racing driver known for his stint in F1 from 2000 until 2011.

BornNick Lars Heidfeld
10 May 1977
Mönchengladbach, West Germany

Heidfeld started kart racing at the age of 11 in 1988. By 1994, he had moved into the German Formula Ford series, where he quickly made a name for himself by winning 8 out of 9 races and clinching the title that season. The following year, he secured the German International Formula Ford 1800 Championship and was runner-up in the Zetec Cup. His performance earned him a spot in the 1996 German Formula Three Championship, where he finished third overall with three wins.

By 2000, Heidfeld’s driving awarded him with a drive with the Prost F1 team alongside veteran Jean Alesi. Despite a challenging season with multiple retirements and incidents, including collisions with Alesi, he moved to Sauber in 2001. There, paired with rookie Kimi Räikkönen, he achieved his first Formula One podium at the 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix. Despite outscoring Räikkönen that year, Heidfeld stayed with Sauber until 2003, consistently finishing in the points and outperforming another rookie teammate, Felipe Massa, in 2002.

After leaving Sauber, Heidfeld raced for the Jordan team in 2004, where he often exceeded the capabilities of the team’s car, notably at the 2004 Monaco and Canadian Grand Prix. He continued to score podiums with Williams in 2005 and later with BMW Sauber in 2007 and 2008, though he never secured a race win.

In 2011, Heidfeld joined the Renault Formula One team, temporarily replacing the injured Robert Kubica. The 2011 season would be his last in F1, but he went on to race with teams like Rebellion Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Mahindra Racing in Formula E.

Nick Heidfeld Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career2000–2011
TeamsProst, Sauber, Jordan, Williams, BMW Sauber, Renault
Entries185 (183 starts)
Career points259
Pole positions1
Fastest laps2
First entry2000 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2011 Hungarian Grand Prix



Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
French Jordan Grand Prix 1989 French Grand Prix Retired
Finnish Alfa Romeo 2001 Australian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Brazilian Williams 2002 Australian Grand Prix Retired
German Arrows 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retired
German Marussia F1 2004 Canadian Grand Prix Retired
Australian Red Bull Racing 2002 Australian Grand Prix Retired
Canadian Sauber 1996 Australian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Polish Alfa Romeo 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix Retired
German Aston Martin 2007 United States Grand Prix F1 Legend


Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Prost French 1997 Historic
Sauber Swiss 1993 Current
Jordan Grand Prix Irish 1991 Historic
Williams British 1978 Current
Renault French 1977 Historic