Former Formula One racer Heikki Kovalainen tested the BMW DTM Series race car on the track on Thursday. The 32-year-old Finn was initially just getting used to the cabin of the M-four, and then slowly tested his limits as well. “I am very grateful to BMW Motorsport for this opportunity,” Kovalainen said. "To be fair, I didn't know what to expect, as I've never driven a car like this before. I immediately felt at home behind the wheel. The car is very impressive. Of course it's a bit heavier than a Formula One car and not as strong, but the aerodynamics it's very good and you can drive through corners very fast. The team kindly helped me get used to it all. It was immediately clear to me that it was a very professional environment, which I really enjoyed. "
Heikki Kovalainen has so impressed his employers with his first qualifiers in the Lotus E21 race car that they are already considering offering him a race seat for next season. The Finn will replace compatriot Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus in the last two races of this season, who successfully underwent back surgery on Thursday and is moving to Ferrari in the future. Kovalainen, a former racer of Renault, McLaren and Caterham, has not raced since 2012, and has since competed in a few free practice sessions this year. With eighth place in the U.S. Grand Prix qualifiers in a race car he had never ridden before, he impressed team boss Eric Boullier. “He can become one of the candidates,” Boullier said. “It’s true that we didn’t think about his services at first, but now he’s doing so well that we are