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."



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