Heikki Kovalainen claims he spent much of his afternoon looking backwards throughout the Belgian Grand Prix, the Finn's one-stop pit strategy ultimately failing pay dividends on the way to eighth place.

Looking to gain an advantage over those directly ahead, Kovalainen was the only driver that qualified inside the top ten to stop only once, something he discovered to his disadvantage as he struggled to maintain pace around the lengthy circuit.

Indeed, Spa-Francorchamps reputedly has a bigger difference between those stopping once or twice than most circuits, with Kovalainen thanking a strong start that had him up sixth place for being able to hold onto eighth place and therefore a single point in the end.

"It felt like I drove half of the race with my mirrors today - and when I had a clear track, the car was too heavy to be able to do the lap-times we needed to make our strategy work. To be honest, with a different strategy, I think we could have achieved a better result today because the car was definitely more competitive than it looked.

"After doing the long runs on Friday, we thought our pace was enough to make the one-stop strategy work, but it just didn't work out today. But that's life - sometimes, you calculate that the risk is worth taking, and it doesn't pay off. I had a fantastic start, but after that, I was just defending all the way through."

Kovalainen was pleased with his performance though, despite the slightly disappointing result, and is looking ahead to the next three flyaway rounds to bring his rookie season to successful close.

"There was a lot of wheel-to-wheel action but personally, I think that kind of thing is more fun when you are attacking! The positive thing to take from the weekend is that the basic speed of the car was actually closer to the top cars than we showed today. That is a good reason to be optimistic for the last three races of the season."

 

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