Renault Confirm Senna will Replace Heidfeld in Belgium

Renault have announced this evening that Bruno Senna will replace Nick Heidfeld at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, a switch that had been anticipated since the BBC and Eddie Jordan broke the story on Monday night.

Senna will race alongside Vitaly Petrov this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, and also attend the official FIA Press Conference tomorrow afternoon.

It is thought that Renault‘s delay in announcing the driver change was caused by Heidfeld refusing to simply walk away from the team, especially considering he is ahead of Petrov in the drivers’ championship (albiet only by two points).

Renault will release further details regarding this switch on Thursday morning – a statement that may also clarify the team’s driver line-up for the Italian Grand Prix onwards.

The BBC are tonight reporting that Senna will race for Renault in each of the eight remaining races this season. However, there is speculation that Romain Grosjean, who is likely to win the GP2 championship this season, may be given another chance to race in F1 at some point during the five flyaway races at the end of the season.