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Kovalainen admits F1 future unclear

Heikki Kovalainen admits his future in F1 remains unclear as he waits to see if he'll earn a drive with Caterham for the 2014 season
Heikki Kovalainen admits he once again heads into the festive period with an uncertain future as rumours persist over Caterham's line-up for the 2014 season.

The Finn is one of the names in the mix for a drive with the Leafield-based outfit, although reports have suggested that Swede Marcus Ericsson and former Sauber man Kamui Kobayashi are now in pole position to take the two race seats.

That would leave Kovalainen, who failed to score when subbing for Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus in the final two races of 2013, on the outside looking in once again.

Despite seemingly slipping down the list of potential drivers, Kovalainen confirmed that talks with Caterham were still ongoing but said it could be some time before he knew what he future would hold.

"I have been maintaining my training programme for Formula One as much as possible," he told MTV3. "I will have a normal F1 driver's winter. The only difference to previous years is that I do not currently have a contract for next season.

"But this has happened more than once in my career, when I didn't know what awaited me for the future but eventually I had something.

"The most serious negotiations are with Caterham. But all the different factors need to come together. In any case, it should be clarified by the end of January, when the tests begin. But I am not going to end my career."

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December 23, 2013 3:55 PM

Problem is he didn't exactly set the world on fire doing a couple of races for Lotus. You need to get points to earn money for the team if you don't bring the cash with you. That's why Raikkonen, even with his huge salary, can actually represent good value.


December 23, 2013 11:36 PM

Problem is he just hangs around hoping to get called up to a team. He should of course try to get back into F1 if at all possible, but there are plenty of other racing series out there.

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