As is always customary in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the fastest international one-make series in the world opens its doors to guest drivers, who will look to give the regular drivers a run for their money, with the chance to beat more experienced and seasoned racers from other series.
The seventh round of this year's championship, which supports the FIA Formula One World Championship at chosen events throughout the season, will be contested at the famed Hockenheimring, where former F1 ace and Le Mans competitor, Nick Heidfeld, will take his place amongst the very talented and very closely fought field, with the series celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
35-year-old Heidfeld has had an illustrious career, as the MÃ¶nchengladbach native competed for various teams during his tenure in the fastest sport on four wheels, having raced for BMW, Renault, Sauber and Williams, over a career of high and lows in Formula One. He scored 13 career podiums, finished 5th overall in 2007, 6th the following year, with his recent venture to the Circuit de la Sarthe proving fruitful, being part of the Rebellion Racing outfit for the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 4th overall, behind the Audi 1-2-3 finish.
But being a Porsche owner himself, having two cars in his own collection, Heidfeld was looking forward to a new challenge, being given the chance to drive the VIP-Vehicle, which is a 450bhp GT3 Cup sports car, especially as he goes back to an old stomping ground, but had great things to say about the well-renowned brand: “In Le Mans, I again experienced first-hand just how much the Porsche brand fascinates people. This race outing will undoubtedly be a very special experience.”
Jonas Krauss, who is head of the series, was singing Nick's praises, regarding the accomplishments the German race ace has achieved, but said that the ex-Formula One driver will not have it all his own way: “Of course, it's an additional motivation for our regular drivers to go head-to-head with such an experienced and fast colleague, even though guest drivers from another racing series hardly have a chance to instantly finish in a top position, due to the high level in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.”
Heidfeld is clearly undaunted by this new adventure of his career, but is aware of the fact it's something new to get his teeth into: “I'm aware that it won't be easy to match the pace of the front-runners, and that's exactly what makes this task exciting.”
So even though he has left the past of Formula One behind, and with his sportscar career seeming to keep the driver occupied, it all looks to be a new skill set to learn for the German veteran, and we'll have to wait and see how it all pans out in just a fortnight's time.