Nick Heidfeld has revealed his struggle to adapt to merely watching qualifying at the grands prix from the reserve bench.
After holding out for the race seat in 2010, the 32-year-old is instead Mercedes’ reserve driver, due to Michael Schumacher deciding to mount a return to F1 following three years of retirement.
“It feels strange, especially when it’s just before qualifying, I’m struggling with it,” he told the German national newspaper FAZ.
“Before, it (qualifying) was always a moment where you had the adrenaline rush and then off you went. I really miss it,” said Heidfeld, who will be present for all 19 races this year in case Schumacher or Nico Rosberg are unable to race.
Heidfeld insists he does not regret his decision to turn down lesser offers this year in the hope of finding a “top team” to race with.
“I am convinced that I will get a place in a (race) car again, although of course I am worried and would prefer to be there now.”