F1 » Salo: Kovalainen perfect for Lotus


Mika Salo tips Heikki Kovalainen as the man to replace the injured Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus

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Matt2

November 12, 2013 4:14 PM

Salo maeby bit biased like me but I think hes right.

I would love to see Valscchekki have hes change on Lotus, but they need someone who can score points. In my eyes there is no one else except Kovalainen or Hulkenberg (if the rumors are correct and he terminated hes contract way back when..). I know fans will pic up Kobayashi and others but they are not really viable choice having been away so long. Kovalainen knows the tyres, has been running F1 car this season, knows the track and is experienced driver alltogether. Every point counts to Lotus.

JJJ

November 12, 2013 11:35 PM
Last Edited 308 days ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Oh my not again, make it stop.

There are so many drivers I'd rather see have a shot in that car than this has been never really was. I won't go summarize all his failures in F1 again but just stop it. Stop this rediculous hype based on nothing.

He's a finn, yes. He's not Kimi or Hakkinen though and not even Keke Rosberg (good driver, champion by default in 82 but only 6 wins in total for his carreer)...he's more like JJ Lehto and Salo himself, except with 1 lucky win.

Valsecchi, Frijns, Kobayashi, Leimer, Bianchi, Alguesuari, Montoya, heck Perez if he's out of McLaren anyway...All of those I'd rather see in that car. ONLY if Villeneuve is only the other option ok, get Kovalainen. Otherwise just no, this guy had his three chances and in F1 most only get 1 (if any at all). The whole reason we got Kobayashi in F1 is cause he did get the chance to race the last two races instead of Glock and he delivered in those races. Give someone a chance with real potential please

CaterhamFan1

November 13, 2013 8:41 AM
Last Edited 308 days ago

JJJ, that's an interesting list. Valsecchi, Frijns and Leimer are completely inexperienced so may damage Lotus' constructors hopes. Kobayashi is aligning himself with Ferrari and has no experience in 2013. Bianchi is still under contract as a race driver for Marussia, Alguersuari by your logic already has his chance, Perez must fight to keep his seat at McLaren and JP Montoya is quite happy in the US, so they'd have to pay him a lot to race, and money is something Lotus don't have. Kovalainen has driven on track this year, even if it was only for a few FP1s, he's an experienced driver, he does have a race win, plus he started his career at Renault. Kovalainen is not a pay driver: he is one who actually wants to race and has the talent to race. Why are you trying to discourage that?

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