F1 » Kovalainen: Caterham talks 'serious'

Heikki Kovalainen says talks with Caterham are the only serious ones he has held about 2014

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October 16, 2013 1:41 PM

Given the rate of development in F1 and how the Caterhams have always been around 3-4 seconds slower than the top cars, Would this years Caterham be as fast as the Red Bull was in 2010?
It is hard to imagine them ever catching up with the rest unless they poach a top designer or luck out with a regulation change.


October 16, 2013 4:30 PM

Clearly in terms of the sport aspect of things neither Heikki nor Caterham have much to gain if Heikki re-signs as a racing driver for them. Heikki is not going to achieve anything more than he has in his previous years at this team and the FP sessions have shown that two decent paydrivers can extract about the same performance from the car that Heikki can.

Tony Fernandes just desperately wants to buy credibility rather than real substance as can be seen with both his football team (big has been names with high salaries, no performance) and his raceteam, rather than trying to actually build something with a real chance to break through sometime (attracting young potential both in terms of drivers and car designers).

I guess he'll have a driver that he feels has a reputation so he can rub elbows with the other team owners without feeling lesser than them and Heikki gets a paycheck and something to do on the weekends.

The fans get nothing, instead of a young driver to evaluate they ge


October 16, 2013 8:58 PM

At the first years of his career Kovalainen was the driver which replaced Alonso twice. He was rated highly at the time. But something has gone wrong with him at McLaren but anyway he was replaced by the eventual world champion, Jenson Button for 2010 and on. After that he signed for Tony Fernandes team and his downfall begun. He gave it all but the cars of Team Lotus/Caterham were junks. I think that he deserves a drive in a midfield team like Sauber or Force India.


October 17, 2013 12:36 AM

Well clearly I'm in the minority on this one...I just don't get it. First half year at Renault was abysmal, time at McLaren was decidedly mediocre...even at Caterham he ultimately needed Vit to lift the team above Marussia last year...

Can we at least agree that if he doesn't consistently beat whoever ends up being his teammate next year it can finally be over with the endless hype?

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