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: felt, even the public found this, 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 go team forward to grow and develop.I should have taken a step forward, but I stayed true to the team.It was the wrong decision, but now it's without this
Former Formula One racer Heikki Kovalainen is ready for Thursday's tests of BMW's DTM Series car. Namely, BMW is testing this week from Monday to Thursday at the racetrack in Lausitzring, and the Finn is scheduled to take the helm of the M4 DTM race car on the final day. Kovalainen has won as many as 111 major prizes for Renault and McLaren, among others, and won in Hungary in 2008. The Finn last raced for Caterham in 2012 and then in the last two races of the 2013 season for Lotus, replacing Kimi Raikkonen. who had to undergo surgery at the time. It is worth mentioning that the BMW test will include the entire team, only Joey Hand will not, as he has a problem with dates - time constraints. The team focuses mainly on the settings for the upcoming race in Lausitzring, which will
Heikki Kovalainen played the role of reserve racer last season. At the end of the year, the Finn replaced Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus, where he did not show good form as he did not win a single point in the last two races. At Caterham, they decided to dedicate the position of regular racer to Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson. Team boss Tony Fernandes admitted that Kovalainen was definitely harmed by Lotus' poor form, but he had to decide for someone: “You always put the good and bad qualities of a racer on technique. Kovalainen had quite a few good ones, of course some bad ones as well. Based on the opinions in the garage, I decided not to give him a chance. We had to stay cool for this decision, because we want success, and I hope I made the right decision, because we want to move forward. ”Let us mention that Kovalain
Sebastian Vettel put things right in his second free practice in Austin, Texas, and recorded the fastest time. The Red Bull racer overtook the second fastest, Mark Webber, by a lap time of 1: 37.305 on medium-hard tires by just over a tenth. The Red Bulls were followed in third and fourth place by Mercedes racers, where Nico Rosberg was again better than Lewis Hamilton, who is competing here with a new chassis. The second practice went smoothly, with Lotus racer Heikki Kovalainen shining in fifth place to replace Kimi Raikkonen. Racer Team Time Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 01: 37.305 35 2. Mark Webber Red Bull 01: 37.420 37 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 01: 37.785 38
The Lotus team has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will be replaced in the last two races of this season by his compatriot Heikki Kovalainen. The former McLaren racer until recently served as a test racer for the Caterham team, which has already fired him from all obligations. At the last minute, Lotus had only their reserve racers, David Valsecchi and Kovalainen, to choose from, and they chose the latter because of the experience that will benefit them in the fight for the highest possible ranking in the construction championship. Lotus is in fourth place among the constructors two races before the end. They are 26 points away from Ferrari in the third, and eleven more from the second-ranked Mercedes.
Dinec, who entered Formula One in 2007 at Renault, then moved to McLaren and eventually spent three years at Caterham, now wants to go back. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Kovalainen spoke about a possible return to the Formula One caravan, for which he would probably need a big sponsor, but he says: “I believe it is important for me to come back. That’s my goal, of course, but for once, I don’t know what options I have. The fact is, I won’t bring in the money, everyone knows that. If that works, then I can't do anything. In any case, I want talent to make the difference, not money. ”Let us remember that many racers are supported by rich sponsors, who pay for the racer's place. Anyway, Kovalainen is looking for all the ways to get back, but he's only struggling with one thing - paying for the ride
Giedo van der Garde insists that his seat on the Caterham team is safe, despite very strong rumors about the arrival of Heikki Kovalainen. As we know, the Dutchman got a seat in the team next to Charles Pic, but the reserve racer became Kovalainen, who fulfilled his duties in free practice in Spain and Bahrain. Of course, Kovalainen wants him back, which is why he did his best and, as rumors say, even convinced the team leaders. Van der Garde rejects rumors that Kovalainen could become a regular racer this year and replace him as follows: “I have a very good contract, my sponsors are doing a good job and I am also very happy with the team. I believe that I am making good progress, but we still have a lot of work to do. I believe I don’t have an easy job for a beginner, which is why Koval gave us