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Kovalainen: No comment on contractual situation

Heikki Kovalainen has refused to comment on how things are looking for 2010 and if he will remain with McLaren-Mercedes.

Kovalainen has managed to notch up 14 points this season, almost 50 per cent less than his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, and the Finn has been told that he will need to up his game if he is to remain with the Woking-based outfit.

Indeed Nico Rosberg is being widely tipped to line-up alongside Hamilton next year as F1's silly season continues, and one of the latest rumours, although not exactly likely, has linked Fernando Alonso to a return to the outfit.

Speaking prior to practice for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix though, Kovalainen was keeping tight-lipped on his plans and if he has had any discussions with any of the other teams.

"Well, first of all I will not talk about the contractual situation here in public. I did once this year which I regret," Kovalainen stated. "I think that apart from that, the most important thing now is to focus on performance and that's what I'm here to do.

"I had a great weekend last weekend with the updated car. I was on the front row, and could have been on pole and the race could have been better without the last stint troubles, so I'm quite looking forward to building on that.

"I feel I'm in great form. Here we are at Spa, a fantastic circuit, so that's what I'm focussing on at the moment."

Asked if he has been criticised by McLaren about his race pace and if it was justified, Kovalainen denied that was the case.

"Well, first of all, I haven't had any criticism about my race pace from anyone in the team," he added. "I myself have talked to many people in the team and said that I can do much better, and last weekend in Valencia, particularly, was quite a lot better.

"I think it's quite a lot down to driving style, how you manage these tyres. One weekend you have softer tyres, one weekend you've got harder tyres and how you manage them throughout the race is quite crucial.

"That's what I've been working on very hard in these last few weeks, especially this last week and a half, since we've been back at work. That's all I can say, really."

So what can the team do this weekend?

"Obviously, the last two races have been exceptionally good and if we could repeat that it would be fantastic. But the expectations are not quite as high because of the nature of the circuit.

"Who knows though, we must not give up at this point. We will have to see how practice goes. I am quite confident that we have improved the high-speed performance of the car significantly since Silverstone. I think it will be interesting to see where we end up," he concluded.



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JohnsonsEvilTwin

August 28, 2009 3:51 PM

I do like Heikki, I wonder what Lewis has on his car that Heikki doesnt. In all honesty i feel Lewis is better but not by the margins shown I also appreciate the pace at which Mclaren develop the parts is such they cant duplicate the parts, yet why is it Lewis always get first choice? like the Short wheel base car last weekend.... Guess Heikki may be better off elsewhere, either way he is one of F1's "nice guys" :)

Commentator - Unregistered

August 28, 2009 4:54 PM

can you ever imagine kovalainen as world champion? no... probably not. especially when he has a team mate as capable as hamilton. he's a solid number 2 and mclaren shouldnt be in a rush to ditch him. as for the suggestion of alonso maybe going back to mclaren.... well... whoever started that one needs to keep taking the happy pills!! what complete nonsense.



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