Nick Heidfeld will have his wings clipped when he tackles the Nurburgring's famous 'Nordschleife' layout in a BMW-Sauber this weekend. For a BMW event, the German will drive the 22km layout known as 'Green Hell' that almost claimed Niki Lauda's life back in 1976.

But team officials have clipped Heidfeld's wings by arranging that his formula one car is equipped only with 'demonstration' Bridgestone tyres -- which are significantly slower than the real thing. Heidfeld is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport as revealing that he is "disappointed" with the news.

It also emerges that 29-year-old Heidfeld will not round the Nordschleife's notorious and famous banked 'Karrussell' section. "Obviously not," team principal Mario Theissen told the news agency 'sid', explaining that the steep and bumpy concrete banking will be off-limits to a modern formula one racer.

Ultimate performance of Heidfeld's car will also be compromised by an extraordinarily high ride-height, but Theissen insisted that he thought the BMW-Sauber would still reach impressive top speeds in excess of 300kph.

30,000 spectators are expected to watch the event unfold trackside on Saturday.

Source : GMM