After replacing Nick Heidfeld with Bruno Senna for Spa, Lotus Renault GP and the veteran German driver have officially parted ways. Senna made his debut for the team and finished 13th in Belgium, but Heidfeld was also present at the circuit, saying that he had a solid contract and will bring the issue to court. That has now been avoided.

“Our disagreement with Nick has been the subject of much media coverage lately, and we are pleased to have reached a swift and reasonable solution. Our separation process was already a painful one, and neither of us wanted to go through another legal hearing,” said LRGP team principal Eric Boullier.

“We’re very grateful to Nick for the highly valuable contribution he’s made to the team. We certainly had good times together, in particular remembering our podium finish in Malaysia. He is a very strong and determined racer and we wish him every success in the future,” he added.

Any last words? “Obviously I’m disappointed to be leaving in the middle of the season. I thought I could still make a big contribution to the team, but I have to see things as they are and I want to turn my attention to the future. We have taken the right decision by choosing to end our collaboration today. I would like to wish all the friends I made at Enstone a successful end to the season. One thing is for sure – I’ll be back racing at the highest level soon,” said the man who replaced the injured Robert Kubica.

What series might that be? Autosport revealed that Heidfeld is in talks with BMW regarding its new DTM programme for 2012. If that works out, Nick will be reunited with his former employers!