F1 »

Kovalainen: We're on form.

Heikki Kovalainen starts the final four rounds of the 2009 F1 World Championship fighting to keep his McLaren seat, after rarely matching team-mate Lewis Hamilton's pace.

Nevertheless, a series of points scoring drives have lifted the Finn to joint tenth in the championship, three places and seven points behind reigning world champion Hamilton.

“We really seem to have discovered the sweet-spot of this year's car,” claimed Kovalainen. “I've had points finished in every race since the Nurburgring, and we've got some interesting new upgrades in the system that are planned for the Singapore race.”

Kovalainen finished tenth during last year's inaugural, and now controversial, night race and hopes KERS will also help him claim a much better 2009 result.

“Singapore is the sort of circuit that should suit our package - there are lots of slower corners and we'll be able to use KERS to our advantage,” he said.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4-23, Singapore F1 Grand Prix, 26th-28th, September 2008
McLaren MCL32 [credit: McLaren Twitter]
McLaren - Honda MCL32
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32, McLaren-Honda, [Credit: McLaren]
Fernando Alonso - McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren Honda MCL32
Lando Norris joins McLaren`s Young Driver Programme
McLaren, 2011 launch, [Credit: Crash PA]
Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - Mercedes, McLaren
Ayrton Senna - McLaren. 1993 Donington Park
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


September 18, 2009 5:30 PM

Time to wind-up a Hammy fan he he he! They should ditch Hammy and keep Kovalainen. HK has never openly critised the team, sulked 'cos the team wouldn't let him retire because he couldn't be a**sed driving, wanted to leave the team, got any engineers fired, pushed out the best driver McLaren has had since Hakinen .....


September 18, 2009 9:09 PM

Heikki detractors are idiots if they feel his poor season has anything to do with driving skills. Every race he starts heavier the HAMMY and is expected to retain position with the KERS button. It hasnt worked before and wont work again! Mclaren should learn from their persistance in having two cars on different strategies! Hamilton always gets the ideal loads, even at Monza. Despite having to pit twice he was on average 1.8 seconds a lap quicker than heikki! Thats is not skill....That is an EPIC screw up of strategy!

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.