BMW motor sport director Mario Theissen said the 27-year-old nicknamed 'Quick Nick' will 'not be sent home' after impressive form on the test track.
According to the excited German media, he's already signed a 3-million Euro deal for 2005, although whether it's as development or race pilot is unknown.
It's reported that Munich-based BMW would prefer a German to be team-mate to confirmed Australian ace Mark Webber.
It should also be noted that Brazilian team sponsor Petrobras is similarly pushing rival contender Antonio Pizzonia's argument.
Theissen doesn't rise to the bait: "What is important is that the fastest one drives." -GMM