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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Martin - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 1:27 PM

Maybe it was Gascoyne who should have shown more respect. Caterham has not scored a point and at some point Gascoyne must bear some responsibility. The Pit Bull is no more than a Poodle.


January 13, 2013 1:53 PM

david. i suppose you got disagrees due to the fact that you seemed to overlook the myriad of problems that kovi had last year, compared to petrov. the final position in no way reflects that koi had the edge over petrov for most, if not all of the year.

and caterham have some good sense in paying to have a good driver racing for them. whereas they are still tail end charlies, they are getting closer to the mid field pack. marussia were only ahead of them due to one race where half the field was eliminated, caterham were faster than them all year.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 2:56 PM

Richard, so if Caterham is faster than Marussia shouldn't Heikki who is a 6 year F1 veteran hav beat Charles Pic who was a rookie driving the inferior Marussia???

Problems with the car or not, it's all part of being an F1 driver and knowing how to handle the car. Kovalainen is the lead developer of the car. He should know all the limits. If you are getting less results as the guy who pays to drive, and who has brought in more money, why should you still be paid?

Like I said I need to study Kovalainen to really find out what makes him appealing. Because it sure isn't his racing performance.

In 2 years at mclaren he managed 1 win. Can any driver currently on the grid manage that and still be considered a solid package?

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 3:06 PM

As you see in the picture, those are "Oakley Gascan" sunshades Heikki is wearing. At about 100-150 dollars a pop. Oakley is one of his personal sponsors.

If he can woo intelligent F1 fans on here to think he is better than he actually performs, he shouldn't have too much trouble finding a sponsor who would be willing to help the team out a bit.

Maybe he should forward whatever payment he gets from Oakley to the team

snorty - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 4:34 PM

How about Mike giving up all your salary, until you build a car fast enough, as the drivers cant do anything whover they are with an average chassis......!

JJ - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 5:26 PM

Goto youtube and search this video "richard hammond's engineering connections f1". MG admits that if a car is 2 seconds slow, 1.9s of that is aerodynamics. Why I think HK should not be at fault.

As for MG having designed winning cars in the past, I stand correct, but at the same time that was over 10 years ago. Past performance does mean future success, and you are only as good as your last race or car design.

Jet Set - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 7:05 PM

Let's not forget Gascoyne tried to persuade Kovalainen to even join Caterham at all promising him the car would only be 1.5 to 2 seconds slower right in the first year and Kova did decline offers from better teams, believing in that.

And now, after the 3rd year the gap is more than 4 seconds and Heikki has wasted his talent and this team is pretty much about to destroy his career!

So who's showing a lack of respect!

Jet Set - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 7:35 PM

Why is this Gascoyne even remotely trying to have a big mouth?

The car he designed was absolutely non-competitive and when Caterham added one of the most highly-rated engineers in aerodynamics, John Iley, who had greatly helped build the title-winning McLarens for years, the caterham car was so misconstructed that even this McLaren "genius" couldn't do anything about it...

Jet Set - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 7:47 PM

And what about Tony Fernandes?

He's earning a ****load of money with his airline, but he's not willing to invest properly into his F1 team???

AirAsia has recently bought more than 500 planes and is making excessive profit but he's trying to tell us Caterham F1 is utterly short of money?

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