F1 »

Kovalainen chases progress

Heikki Kovalainen hopes for progress from Caterham in Singapore
Heikki Kovalainen says he hopes that a new front wing will allow Caterham to close on the midfield runners in Singapore this weekend.

Despite once again being the best of the three new teams on the grid, the Leafield-based squad has so far failed to break into the points in 2012 having been unable to find the speed required to beat the established teams on track.

Although scoring points may be beyond the team again this season in a straight fight, Kovalainen said Caterham was eager to close the gap in Singapore this weekend when a new front wing is set to debut on the car.

"It is slightly different and should give us a straightforward performance increase, some more downforce and hopefully makes our car a bit quicker,” the Finn told Sky Sports. “Other than that, there is nothing major, just a few small updates. The front wing is the main thing we will have this weekend.

"Singapore is a totally different circuit to Monza and Spa - it requires a different setup and the conditions are different. At the moment it is a bit of a guess how everyone will perform there, but certainly for us Monza was better than Spa.

"I know there has been a lot of data-analysing going on since those events, trying to understand why our Spa performance was not very good and then Monza was much more like normal and I think we understand the main issues. Hopefully, if we experience any problems this weekend we can react to them."

Kovalainen again insisted that there was no news to give about his future despite increased speculation about where he will drive next year

"There is no news for me to comment on at the moment,” he said. “They are just rumours and there seems to be all sorts of rumours going around, so I don't really pay much attention to those.

"I will talk to Caterham at some point, I'll speak to Tony (Fernandes, Team Principal) and see what the plans are and after that talk with my management to see what we will do next year. My main focus is on my performance and to make sure I keep performing well, and these other things will sort themselves."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
08.09.2012- Free Practice 3, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
08.09.2012- Free Practice 3, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
08.09.2012- Free Practice 3, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
21.09.2014 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
21.09.2014 - Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04 retires from the race
21.09.2014 - Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04 retires from the race
21.09.2014 - Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04 retires from the race
21.09.2014 - Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04 retires from the race
21.09.2014 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
21.09.2014 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04 leads Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
21.09.2014 - Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33 and Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Scenic Singapore Skyline
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Scenic Singapore
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Scenic Singapore
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Scenic Singapore

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.


Kimifan18 - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 9:01 AM

With all due respect FJ, Renault were not competitive in 2007 and in fact Kovalainen got the team's only podium in that season and beat his more seasoned teammate Fisichella. Okay, at McLaren, he didn't benefit from having a more competitive teammate, but how many technical retirements did Heikki suffer compared to Lewis? At least five while Lewis only had one. Heikki had far worse luck with his machinery than Lewis' ever did, suggesting that McLaren were clearly favouring one driver over the other. Nonetheless, I'm a big fan of Heikki and I think he's learnt from his early troubles and no matter how unlikely it may be that he'll drive for a top caliber team again, he deserves his second chance. That's my opinion.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

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