Nick Heidfeld may not have managed to bag a drive in the season’s forthcoming Formula One Championship, but fans of his man bag will be pleased to hear that it has turned up to the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Heidfeld’s leather bag has gained a cult following over the past few years, with the German rarely being photographed without the trademark brown murse (man-purse). It has become firm favourite on F1 forums and blogs, and even has its own youtube video dedicated to it.
One forum member claimed that “I think it's safe to say this is what we've really been waiting to see, not the actual racing”. Another speculated at what the bag contained. “What do you thinks in that bag? Small motor bike replica, neck brace and his Merc driver’s contract?”
Although Heidfeld was unable to secure a drive for the 2010 season, he has gained a spot as Mercedes GP’s test driver, meaning that he will now travel to the majority, if not all of the season’s Grand Prix.
It may not be an ideal position, but Nick says he is very happy to have found employment with such a prestigious team.
“I am very pleased to be joining the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team. It’s the team which has attracted the most interest in the close season, not only because of the comeback of Michael Schumacher, but also because this season sees the return of the Silver Arrows cars as a Mercedes-Benz works team for the first time in over fifty years.”
“Whilst I would of course have preferred a seat as an active driver, I am really proud to be part of the new Silver Arrows team. I have seen how committed everyone at the team is and I feel the same. I will be doing my very best to support Michael and Nico this year.”
Heidfeld’s change of team has also prompted a change of colour in his man bag. With the Silver Arrows colour scheme of the new Mercedes challenger firmly in mind, his new bag is a light grey as supposed to the old brown bag. Unfortunately his beard has yet to find the same popularity.