F1 » Kovalainen not ready to give up on F1

Despite a dearth of opportunities, Heikki Kovalainen says he is determined to return to a race seat in F1 instead of looking elsewhere.

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August 30, 2013 1:27 PM

Well the teams probably saw he wasn't quicker than vdG and Pic in his FP outings, so why then take an aging driver who has had his chances who requires a salary instead of a younger talent who brings some backing?

Better start looking for another category.


August 30, 2013 3:00 PM

kovi is a better driver than at least half the grid. he just didn't get the breaks. when he went to macca, he was destroyed by the team order and preference attitude. but he at least is not going down the way of getting family members and friends to buy him a drive. he has some morals. so good on you kovi!


August 30, 2013 4:13 PM
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I remember Kova's 1st race in F1. What a shambles that was...13th on the grid with much maligned teammate Fisichella in 6th, multiple spins and off track excursions and a 10th place in the end 1 lap down behind both Toyodas and the Williams-Toyoda of Rosberg, with teammate Fisi finishing 5th. That was the 2nd time after Gaston Mazzacane that I thought 'wow this driver is totally out of his depth in F1'.

Even manager and teamboss Flava Flav summarized it saying 'I hope next race the real Kovalainen shows up'.

The highlight on his resume is WSBR champion. I know some more of those...:D


August 30, 2013 8:42 PM

"he wasn't quicker than vdG and Pic in his FP outings"

And this matters why? There's a reason why "free practice" and "qualifying" are different sessions. One is about honing the setup of the car, gathering data, and pushing forward with it's development, and the other is about setting fast times. It should be plainly obvious that Heikki is given FP outings to provide feedback and aid progress, not to have his own personal battle with the other Caterham. The team want advice from a veteran Formula 1 driver.

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