F1 » Gascoyne: Kovalainen should have shown more respect

Heikki Kovalainen's approach to finding a drive in 2013 did not help his bid to remain at Caterham, it has been claimed.

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justin - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 5:27 AM

Jj, I'm not a fan of MG by any means, but he has produced a handy car or 2 in his time. He penned the Jordan for 1999 that came very close to taking Heinz Harald Frentzen to a drivers championship. That was a beautiful car. He won monza and magny coils from memory?

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 6:54 AM

Really why should they keep paying Heikki when the pay driver is bringing in millions and getting better results.

Charles Pic will also be bringing in even more millions and as a rookie he too beat Heikki while driving an inferior car.

Heikki should have scored this year. They put their faith in him and he did not deliver. Given how close Petrov came to scoring this year, guys like Hulkenberg, Perez, Kobayashi would probably have scored in the Caterham.

That's not even counting guys like Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton, etc.

saffa - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 9:59 AM

@jj i couldn't agree wit u more. Why should a driver bring millions to pay a technical team who is doing a bad job of designing a car. Just dont make competitive sense. Its like paying to hire a merc but getting a vw beetle. A technical team definitely makes a difference. Look at Williams for example. I think heikki and his management were tired of getting empty promises.
Like Ron Dennis said in an interview about da relationship regarding Hamilton and Mclaren, all contractual relationships will come to an end, be it good or bad.


January 13, 2013 10:31 AM

Whatever our opinions of the people concerned, it's interesting to read an interview with real numbers and business information in it, so I'd like to thank Mike Gascoyne for his candour.

Backmarker - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 11:33 AM

I like Gascoyne's excuse for the non-results so far- Catherham,a young team. I some very recent examples-Brawn,Red bull,Toro Rosso,Force India...A manager who it's forced to contract payng drivers it's a failure.I will remember Heikki from the 2007 season,when as a rookie he was beating Fisichela constantly.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 1:23 PM

Wow I got 6 disagrees so far. Amazing how almost no one here is checking the final driver standings to see where Heikki really finished.

If Petrov who was once called the worst driver in F1 beat Heikki in his first year at the team, as good as Heikki is, it means that he was not extracting all the potential out of the car the whole time he has been there.

Charles Pic a rookie pay driver in an inferior car, also beat Heikki.

I need to study what makes Kovalainen so appealing to everyone so one day I can use the same charm to woo the crowd when I run for political office.

Everyone, please check the final driver standings on the official F1 website to see where Heikki really finished.

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