Heikki Kovalainen has said that he would rather put Monaco behind him and concentrate all his thoughts on the forthcoming races in Canada and the United States after a disappointing weekend in the Principality.

While veteran team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella underlined the potential of the R27 on the tight street circuit, Kovalainen endured a trying few days, losing the opportunity to join the Italian in the top ten run-off after being blocked by David Coulthard in qualifying and then finding just how much traffic can affect a grand prix.

Starting from 15th, the Finn ran a one-stop strategy, using the harder Bridgestone tyres for his opening stint before switching to the softer rubber for the run to the chequered flag. Ironically, he was again held up by David Coulthard's Red Bull through the first stint, the Scot having moved ahead of the Renault at the start, and, although he jumped ahead of the Briton at his pit-stop, Kovalainen was too far from the group ahead of him to make up any more positions, having had his race compromised by an early stop to replaced a rear puncture caused by a brush with the wall. He eventually came home 13th overall.

"I think this was a weekend to forget," the Finn admitted, "It didn't start well, qualifying was difficult, and I wasn't able to make up any ground in the race.

"I got stuck behind Coulthard in the first stint and, although I got past him at the stops, and pushed hard after that, it wasn't enough to catch the cars in front. Then, at the end, something happened with the engine and I lost almost all the power and drive. It is all the more frustrating because the car felt good through the weekend but, at the critical points, it just didn't happen for me.

"I suppose the race was really spoiled on Saturday afternoon, but that's history now. It's time to look forward to Canada, where I think we can be confident of a competitive performance. It's another new track for me, and I am looking forward to driving there."



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