It’s confirmed – 33 year old German Nick Heidfeld will be filling in the driver’s seat for injured Robert Kubica, and his first official duties will begin this weekend at the test session in Barcelona. Heidfeld has 172 races under his belt so far, and when the first race in Bahrain rolls along, it will be Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov piloting the new R31 racers on the grid.

“I would have liked to come back to Formula 1 in different circumstances, but I’m proud to have been given this chance. Everything has happened so quickly, but I’ve been very impressed by what I have seen so far in terms of the facilities and the dedication of the people at Enstone. I really enjoyed the test last week in Jerez and I’ve already settled in well with the guys at the track. I have a good feeling for the car, which is quite innovative. I can’t wait for the season to begin,” said Heidfeld in a press statement today.