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Kovalainen 'very likely' to remain at Team Lotus in 2012

Although stressing that it is still somewhat premature to be discussing drivers for next year, Tony Fernandes admits it is 'very likely' that Heikki Kovalainen will remain at Team Lotus into F1 2012
Whilst insisting that 'it's still very early days' in terms of contract talks regarding next season, Tony Fernandes has conceded that it is 'very likely' that Heikki Kovalainen will remain on-board at Team Lotus into a third consecutive campaign in F1 2012.

Since being released by McLaren-Mercedes at the end of 2009 after failing to provide a consistent challenge to team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Kovalainen has impressed alongside fellow former grand prix-winner Jarno Trulli at Lotus, out-qualifying the renowned single-lap specialist 16-12 to-date – and eight-one this season – and making it through to Q2 on four occasions, comfortably the most of any of the 'new team' contenders.

What's more, he has out-raced the Italian veteran more often than not, and achieved the Anglo/Malaysian outfit's best result thus far with twelfth place in last year's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

With an unfailingly positive outlook to-boot, the Finn has seamlessly assumed the role of de facto team leader at Lotus – and with Trulli tipped to hang up his F1 helmet come season's end, it has been argued that the 29-year-old is now all-but invaluable to the team as it strives to climb its way up the grand prix grid. Fernandes has reflected that a new deal for the popular and well-respected Finn is in all probability little more than a formality.

“It is very likely,” the Malaysian entrepreneur told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, when asked about Kovalainen's chances of retaining his seat. “Heikki is a consistent performer and always gets 100 per cent from the car. He gives a lot of energy to the team. Heikki has become a good friend, so if he is satisfied with us, I see no reason to change.”



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09.04.2011- Tony Fernandes, Team Lotus, Team Principal
26.03.2011- Saturday Practice, Tony Fernandes, Team Lotus, Team Principal
26.03.2011- Saturday Practice, Tony Fernandes, Team Lotus, Team Principal
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Team Lotus
23.06.2011- Press conference, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
26.06.2011- Race, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11 leads Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 1, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 1, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
10.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11 leads Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
21.05.2011- Saturday Practice, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
15.04.2011- Friday Practice 2, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
05.05.2011- Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
17.04.2011- Race, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11 leads Jarno Trulli (ITA), Team Lotus, TL11
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
15.04.2011- Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
15.04.2011- Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
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Ricardo - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 10:33 PM

Chandhok, replace Jarno are you all stupid or just mad Chandhok cannot race he just follows his races have never produced a performance. He is just with Team Lotus for politics

Goth - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 7:01 PM

Kovalainen is only a middling driver not a top driver as he describes himself, is he helping this team No they promised points in 2011 by Barcelona and stated they would overtake Sauber Force India and Williams by Barcelona they haven’t scored 1 point in 2 years and spent more money than the other new teams put together. They have failed in everything they set out to achieve. As for Chandhok he is at best a journeyman his record is abysmal for a driver supposed to be in F1. The GP2 race at Silverstone this week proves the sport must get rid of all the underperformers and older drivers and make way for the likes of Bianchi, Vietoris Grosjean and Sam Bird incidentally Chandhok would probably be nowhere in GP2 this season



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