BMW Williams confirmed on Monday that Nick Heidfeld has been selected to partner Mark Webber for 2005. The announcement was made at the unveiling of the team’s 2005 challenger, the FW27, on in Valencia.

BMW Williams confirmed on Monday that Nick Heidfeld has been selected to partner Mark Webber for 2005. The announcement was made at the unveiling of the team’s 2005 challenger, the FW27, on in Valencia.

Last year, Williams announced that both Heidfeld and Antonio Pizzonia were in the running for the last remaining seat alongside Webber, and both drivers were subjected to a thorough evaluation process before the announcement was made. Pizzonia will remain with the team as the official test and reserve driver.

After the announcement, Heidfeld said: “I really wanted this job. Driving for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team is the greatest opportunity of my career. I will do everything I can to show that I deserve this place and I’m counting the days to the first Grand Prix. ‘Racing’ against Antonio was a lot of fun. He’s a great teammate. I respect him and I would also have taken on the job of test driver.”

BMW WilliamsF1 team principal Frank Williams commented, “It wasn’t an easy decision for us to make, and there was little to choose between the two of them. We were in the fortunate position to be able to choose between two drivers who would be a credit to any Formula One team. Ultimately, however, it is Nick who has got our vote, but I am delighted that we have strength in depth, with Antonio taking up the position of official test and reserve driver.”

BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen said, “All three drivers were very strong in the most recent tests – not only behind the wheel but also when working together with the engineers. The new team has grown together quickly and harmoniously. I’m very pleased for Nick. He earned the seat with his strong performance. Antonio knows that, as a test driver, he is also taking on a key role in the team.”

Antonio Pizzonia said, “I’m a racing driver and naturally I would rather be racing in all the Grands Prix. But in the past I have also learnt how important test work is for the success of the team as a whole. I also know as official reserve driver that you have to be ready to step into a race seat at any time. Although it is not the decision I wanted, I’m pleased to be part of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team in 2005, and will give my best to help the team’s performance this year.”

The new regulations’ effect is evident on the FW27 – the front wing had to be lifted 50 millimetres and the rear wing moved 150 millimetres to the front. The diffuser height has been restricted while the floor area in front of the rear wheels has been removed. The new engine, the BME P84/5, has also been designed to last over two grand prix weekends.

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