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Heidfeld offered Mercedes reserve role - Bild UPDATE (GMM)  Norbert Haug on Tuesday declined to confirm reports that Nick Heidfeld has been offered the test and reserve role at Mercedes GP for 2010.

"There has only been basic contact with Nick, which is what I have had for several years," the German marque's competition director told the German news agency DPA.

"We did talk to Nick about possibilities with Mercedes GP as well as McLaren-Mercedes," Haug added.

Heidfeld, 32, wrote on the blog on his official website that Michael Schumacher's decision to return to F1 with Mercedes this season had "affected me directly".

"It's relevant because there is less space (on the grid)," the veteran of 169 grands prix added.

"But I don't think I'm naive when I say that, especially after the past few weeks, the unexpected can happen.

"We are now looking forward and are focused on the best long-term option for my future.  I hope that in the coming weeks I can announce something concrete about my plans," said Heidfeld.

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01/05/10 (GMM)  Nick Heidfeld has been offered the role as test and reserve driver for Mercedes GP in 2010, Germany's Bild reports.

The major daily newspaper said the move would complete what it describes as F1's new 'German national team', with compatriots Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg signed up to fill the race cockpits this season.

Heidfeld, 32, has raced continuously in F1 since 2000, but after the last four years with BMW-Sauber he had hoped to secure the race seat alongside Rosberg prior to Schumacher's decision to return.

Renault remains a possibility for the veteran of 169 grands prix, while Sauber is believed to have selected between Pedro de la Rosa, Giancarlo Fisichella and Christian Klien for the vacant seat alongside Kamui Kobayashi.

Apart from Renault and Sauber, the only other unconfirmed seats for 2010 are with Toro Rosso, Campos and USF1.

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