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Kovalainen determined to get points in Abu Dhabi

Heikki Kovalainen eyes points in Abu Dhabi as McLaren looks to stay ahead of Ferrari and secure third spot in the 2009 F1 Constructors' championship.
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.

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Heikki Kovalainen. McLaren. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: www.mclaren.com]
Heikki Kovalainen. McLaren. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: www.mclaren.com]
Heikki Kovalainen [Pic: McLaren]
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4-24, British F1, Silverstone, 19th-21st, June, 2009
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4-24, German F1 Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 10-12th, July 2009
Heikki Kovalainen [Pic credit: McLaren]
Heikki Kovalainen. McLaren. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: www.mclaren.com]

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October 25, 2009 8:37 PM

hannah, "as they have for the rest of the season--" who are you kidding? it has been openly admitted by mclaren that kovi was not being given advantageous strategies, or even the same equipment

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