Heikki Kovalainen has pledged that he will do everything he can next weekend to finish in the points and help ensure ensure McLaren beat Ferrari to third place in the Constructors' championship.

Kovalainen's future is still uncertain, and a number of drivers' have been linked to his seat for 2010 - including Kimi Raikkonen and more recently newly crowned F1 world champion, Jenson Button [see separate story - click here].

The Finn knows then that a good result next Sunday might just make a difference and while he only finished twelfth in Brazil, after his drama in the pit lane, he was still generally pleased with his performance.

Speaking prior to the seventeenth and final round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship, he added that the 5.554 kilometre Yas Marina Circuit looks top-class.

"From what I've seen of the track, it looks pretty good," said Kovalainen. "It's got a couple of fast corners at the start of the lap, but then there's a real low-speed, technical section towards the end.

"It still looks like it will be a tough track for overtaking, but the facilities look amazing - totally world-class - and I think the idea of a dusk race is very good for our sport.

"Singapore has set the standard very high with its night race, but Abu Dhabi looks like it will set new standards in F1. I can't wait to get out there.

"I had a very strong race in Brazil last time out and I am really determined to rack up a points finish in Abu Dhabi to make sure we hold on to third position in the constructors' championship."

McLaren-Mercedes team principal, Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile is also thinking about the Constructors' and ensuring they stay ahead of the Scuderia: "We may have just overhauled Ferrari in Brazil to move into third place in the constructors' championship, but, being just one point ahead with just one race remaining, means that we go into the Abu Dhabi weekend fully focused on scoring the maximum possible points to consolidate that position," he added.

"As usual, there has been no let-up from the team in its preparations. We head to Abu Dhabi not only extremely encouraged by the improved pace we showed in Brazil but also very optimistic that the final race of the season offers us another opportunity to challenge for victory.

"Everything I've seen and heard about the Abu Dhabi circuit speaks of the race organisers' total passion and commitment to perfection.

"The track already looks to have eclipsed the facilities we have anywhere else in the world and I'm very optimistic that, like Singapore before it, the race next weekend will set a new benchmark for F1 and open up new opportunities for the sport in the Middle East and the rest of the world."


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