Pizzonia or Heidfeld ? That's the question
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After the Formula 1 tests in December, Williams BMW have the means to decide who
will be driving alongside Mark Webber in 2005. As we are all aware, Brazilian
António Pizzonia and German Nick Heidfeld are the only 2 runners for the second
Williams seat. However a decision isn't expected before the end of
At this stage, it looks as if the the Brazilian has a slight
advantage, but Frank Williams' team showed some doubt when they gave a second
test to the German.
On the other hand, Heidfeld appears to have his mental strength as his greatest advantage. The German driver has never set the world on fire, but, since he arrived in Formula One, showed great consistency, something that is very appreciated at Williams. In 2004 he had some great races, putting at times the Jordan - a car far from the thing to have - at places where it shouldn't be. But the truth is that this year Heidfeld was in a "no loose situation". If he didn't get any results everybody would look to it as a natural thing because the car was such a dog. If he achieved any good result everybody would credit it to him.
One of those drivers will be Webber's partner in 2005 and Williams have to decide between raw speed (Pizzonia) and mental strength (Heidfeld), while the ideal situation would be to have both characteristics in the same driver. Both drivers are again testing this month. Frank Williams and Patrick Head will be hoping those tests will help them decide who will be the race driver and who will be the test driver.
By Jorge Girão
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