x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Nick Heidfeld to replace injured Robert Kubica for Lotus-Renault

German to race in Bahrain Grand Prix for Formula One team.

Formula One team Lotus-Renault have announced that German driver Nick Heidfeld will replace the injured Robert Kubica.

Kubica is still recovering in hospital after crashing while competing in a rally earlier this month, undergoing extensive surgery to repair damage to his right hand.

The 33-year-old Heidfeld has vast experience, starting 172 F1 races over the last 11 seasons, and impressed in recent test runs as Lotus-Renault were deciding who would replace Kubica.

Heidfeld will race alongside Russian Vitaly Petrov at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix next month.