Heikki Kovalainen says he is looking forward to doing battle with new team-mate Vitaly Petrov during the 2012 F1 season, despite disappointment that his time alongside Jarno Trulli is at an end.
Kovalainen and Trulli spent two seasons as team-mates before the Italian was dropped by Caterham last week to allow the team to bring in Petrov for the year ahead – a move which had been widely expected for some time.
This weeks test in Barcelona will give Kovalainen his first chance to work alongside Petrov and – despite his friendship with Trulli – the Finn said he was looking forward to working with his new partner.
“I got on really well with Jarno,” Kovalainen told GPUpdate
. “I think we became good friends over these last couple of years, as obviously I didn't know him so well before we were team-mates. I think, together, we pushed the team and worked very hard, on and off the track.
“Of course the decision was a team decision, it wasn't anything to do with me. Now I work with Vitaly; he is a pro driver, so I think we will work well together and we need to work together to push the team forward. Of course, he is a strong driver as well, so I expect him to be pushing me, I will push him as well and I will try to stay ahead of him! It's a normal situation, really.”