Former Formula One racer Heikki Kovalainen has admitted that he was too loyal to Caterham, which is why he had to end his career at the Grand Prix so quickly. The Finn entered Formula One in 2010 at Lotus and stayed with them until the end of the 2012 season. Certainly this was not the right decision, says Kovalainen, who says: “I think I have been loyal to one team for too long. After the end of the 2011 season, I felt, even the public found out, that I wasted some of the potential I had.
There were a few more options as I was much faster than my teammate. I had a few offers from bigger teams, but I trusted Tony Fernandes to keep the team moving forward, growing and evolving. I should have taken a step forward, but I stayed true to the team. It was the wrong decision, but now I can see it without any problems, that's the way it is. "
Kovalainen took a few rounds of testing in 2013, but what bothers him the most is that no one ever thanked him: “Given what I did in the team and how long I was there, they could thank me publicly. And they sent me a text message to replace me with a paid racer. I was disappointed, I still am. But I have to say that I worked well with the team and the people there, they know what they are doing and I also gave my best. I think that the team can take a step forward in the future, but like myself, when I was in the team, 100% of the work was not and will not be enough. ”
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