Date: 23rd August 2011 at 8:27am
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Renault could be set to make a change to their driver line-up when Formula One returns to action this weekend in Belgium.

Various reports suggest that Bruno Senna could be set to replace Nick Heidfeld in the team. With one of the reports coming from the BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan.

Bruno Senna got his chance to impress the Renault team when he took over from Nick Heidfeld for Friday’s first practice session in Hungary.

That led us on VitalF1.com to speculate whether Renault were looking at a possible driver swap.

Villaininthemerde posted on the 27th July: Could be in with a chance of a regular seat as Renault team boss Eric Boullier has called for a drastic improvement at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Heads could be falling.

While I posted on the 28th July: Doesn’t Petrov bring a lot of money to the team? Must be Heidfeld at risk of losing his seat if Senna impresses.

That observation appears to have been spot on with Eddie Jordan’s BBC report stating that: ‘Renault made a promising start to the 2011 season but their form has slipped amid rumours of funding shortages, which the team have denied.

‘While Heidfeld is on a salary, Senna, Renault’s reserve driver, comes with several million pounds of sponsorship.’


The switch has yet to be confirmed, with speculation suggesting that Renault might not be able to simply drop Heidfeld, who joined the team earlier this year after Robert Kubica was injured in a Rally crash.

Autosport Magazine has reported: It is not clear if Heidfeld?s contract with the team gives it the option to drop him at this point of the campaign.

Heidfeld is currently eighth in the Formula One World championship, two points ahead of team-mate Vitaly Petrov.