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Heidfeld confirms Formula E return for season three

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Nick Heidfeld has confirmed he will return to Formula E for its third season starting in Hong Kong on October 9, but his team is still to be announced.

Heidfeld has raced in Formula E from its inception in 2014, representing Venturi in season one before moving to Mahindra for the second campaign.

With Mahindra, Heidfeld picked up his first Formula E podium in Beijing and finished the season 10th in the drivers’ championship.

In an interview with the official Formula E website, Heidfeld confirmed he’d be returning to the series for its third season, but could not confirm with which team.

“Yes, definitely but I cannot tell you where yet, it hasn’t been confirmed,” Heidfeld said.

“Expect to see my face again.”

Heidfeld is widely expected to return with Mahindra for season three, but the Indian outfit is yet to finalize its line-up. Bruno Senna is set to leave after two seasons, freeing up a seat with the team.

Reflecting on his season, Heidfeld revealed he is still adjusting to life in Formula E and getting used to the capabilities of the teams and technology.

“I’ve had a long career and I try to learn each day, each race, and each team,” Heidfeld said.

“It’s one thing I am still trying to figure out actually after I came out of Formula 1; I tried not to go into any teams with such high expectation as you can be spoiled in F1 as the teams have so much money and resources.

“In Formula E I try to push the team a lot and give a lot of ideas to push the team forward but on the other side I know that if I am being realistic, I can’t expect them to do everything I ask for.

“I am still learning how much and how far to push because it has not only happened once where I thought I will give them the main points to focus on and then you go to the next race and a mistake happens that you knew before could happen and you didn’t mention it because you thought it was too much.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.