F1 » Kovalainen: Giving up my seat 'not an option'

His Team Lotus team-mate Jarno Trulli might have been 'rested' for this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in favour of reserve driver Karun Chandhok, but Heikki Kovalainen is adamant the same fate will not befall him

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Habib - Unregistered

July 22, 2011 7:49 PM

Just remember Money Talks,

Kovalainen: Giving up my seat 'not an option'

said by a driver who has scored no points in 2 years and costs the team millions a pay for drive driver could have scored the same points, 000000 and pay drivers like Jaime Alguersuari can score points

RacersEdge - Unregistered

July 22, 2011 8:31 PM

Lad, would love to know what your thinking comparing Heikki to Alguersuari. Yeah, Jamie scores points, but he has a car that can compete for points. Don't forget that Heikki was a regular point scorer when he drove a Renault and a McLaren before joining Lotus.

I can see his point of view. Heikki is clearly the number one at the team and I too would be pissed if I was 'rested'. You could argue that Kovalainen is giving the best racing years to help Lotus along.

Yes, you can say that 'Money Talks'. But just how loudly? A new team needs a driver who can actually develop the car. In my opinion, the reason why Lotus is ahead of the other new teams is because they ponied up and got Heikki and Jarno, as opposed to going the route of giving a seat up to a driver who probably brought in a few bob.

Habib - Unregistered

July 22, 2011 9:00 PM

You got it in one

Point scorer at Renault and McLaren, but not any more hes yesterdays man past his prime, he will step aside for Lotus to try out young new drivers...............with money......... Fernandes is all about money and he needs money its running out fast

steve - Unregistered

July 23, 2011 3:49 AM

One question Habib. Are you high?

Heikki is easily the best driver on the new teams, and the only one to make it to Q2 in qualifying. He is a fine driver and while he may not challenge for wins, he is certainly taking the fight to the midfield these days in a KERS-less car.

Trulli on the other hand needs to go, a once renowned qualifying specialist, he's lost it and his race pace is nothing. Very glad to see Chandhok back in, and hopefully Lotus gets him more race time over Trulli.

Alma - Unregistered

July 23, 2011 9:55 AM

Without a doubt Heikki is the team's number one. Giving up Heikki's seat would be silly, and I can't say the same for Trulli.. Jarno has ended up with mainly failures, so its hard to blame him only. This team is still maturing. As Steve said, Heikki has got to be the best driver from the new teams.

Edward - Unregistered

July 24, 2011 11:06 PM

Kovalainen: Giving up my seat 'not an option'

Kovalainen proved today he is just a journeyman Team Lotus need to press the refresh button and get some new blood in their cars, or they will never ever score a single point

takahara - Unregistered

July 25, 2011 9:57 AM

Team Lotus showed good pace in qualifying, But Kovalainen cannot convert into race position, I think also Kovalainen has reached his peak in this car and is not able to go to the next step. It is time for Team Lotus to say goodbye and thankyou.

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