Nick Heidfeld let slip in an interview more than what his fans bargained for — he has urinated at the wheel of his F1 car.
The Q&A feature in the popular German tabloid Bild is a mark of his growing stature in the grand prix paddock.
But when asked if he has ever urinated during a race, BMW-Sauber’s Heidfeld – the normally shy German who turns 30 later this week – was extraordinarily forthright.
“Yes,” he told the newspaper, “it has happened before. “What am I supposed to do, pull into the pits and ask to have a toilet break?”
The comic interviewer then asked Heidfeld if television viewers should pay close attention for a wet patch on his overalls if, as expected, he races to the podium in 2007.
“It tends to evaporate pretty quickly,” Nick smiled.