Heikki Kovalainen

MCLS

Anti F1 fan
Valued Member
Well you never know, back to Sauber perhaps.

Going back on topic, it's hard to see any driver on the grid that would beat Hamilton at Mclaren. Button and Alonso have failed so far. Kovy is best at a midfield team pushing for points with the occasional podium, which is where lotus are heading at the moment, and he's obviously happy there.
 

snowy

Champion Elect
Heikki was scuppered by that infernal refuelling, because he was a quicker qualifyer than Lewis they just chucked loads of fuel on board and expected him to race from sixth or worse on the grid. It did nothing for his self-confidence and self-worth. Drivers like to feel wanted and appreciated not used as canon fodder.

Anyone that can out qualify the mobile chicane/sleeping policeman that is Jarno Trulli deserves a lot of credit.

Thank goodness the ban on refuelling has erased that ludicrous strategic SNAFU.
 
Kovalainen ... seems happy at Lotus.
So this idea about Kovy being "happy at Lotus"...

...how happy can you be if the only place you have any chance of finishing on the same lap as the winner is at the Nordschleife?
That was priceless! "How happy can you be if the only place you have any chance of finishing on the same lap as the winner is at the Nordschleife!!! ROFL

I love it!

I should have that copywritten before Nigel Roebuck or Martin Brundle or Maurice Hamilton or Adam Cooper or Peter Windsor steals it! ;)
 
Absolutely hilarious Ray.
Thank you! :)

You do realise that it's not all about current performance. That's important, of course it is. But I think what really motivates Kovalainen is the challenge of taking a team from the bottom to the top. Imagine if a few years down the line Team Lotus are grabbing podiums and wins, and he's heading that success.
Ya. Wait till that Lotus is mid field and Kovy gets out-qualified by some young guy you've never heard of.

That's assuming it ever gets to mid field while Kovy is still in his 20s! :snigger:

Then they'll say things like "Kovy couldn't win in Italy in 2009 ... so perhaps he doesn't have it!"

F1 Team Managers aren't charity cases. It's a cruel world.

My advice to Heikki would be to strike while the iron's hot!

It's high time Kovy tried his hand again in a better package and see what he does against a guy who isn't a Journeyman about to retire off to his Vineyards.
 

Slyboogy

World Champion
Contributor
He's building a team around him, expect him to be the Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso of Lotus.

It's either a great move if he stay on with them for the rest of his career, or a very bad one.

Make or break....
 
All I can say is a proper racing driver worth his salt would stick around a bottom of the field car long enough to dismantle his teammate...and then keep moving up the grid ... doing the same thing until he's at a team capable of winning the championship - and sooner than later.

Anything else is a complete waste of time because there's new talent coming through the pipeline ready to replace you in an instant!

But that's just my advice.

[I think it's very good advice, by the way!] :) ;)
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
When Heikki signed for Lotus, he was (with the two Toyota drivers) pretty much on the Formula One scrapheap. So Lotus was his foot-in-the-door opportunity. Now he has somewhat rebuilt his reputation with his qualifying exploits. Indeed, he's not always the first Lotus finisher, but when Lotus have a good day it always seems to be him at the wheel.

If he gets an opportunity to move back to Renault or maybe to Force India, he should take it. Otherwise, long-term Lotus are likely to get into the midfield and thus are a better prospect than Williams (falling back) or Toro Rosso (staying put).

He got a battering from Hamilton, in part due to the internal refuelling débacle, but there is no shame in that. It is, however, just a great pity he could not win at Monza in 2009, because if he had he would not have needed to sign for Lotus in the first place.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Contributor
Thats what you get when you drive for a team owned by one of BA's rivals. They prob just chucked it in the bin.

Has Heikki really rebuilt his rep? Trulli has had better results than him this season. Yes he's the quickest of the 3 back teams in quali but should we really be suggesting he deserves to move up the grid more than others? There are a lot of drivers who would love a chance to show what they can do in a bigger team Buemi, Sutil, Di Resta, Alguersuari, Perez, Kobayashi etc. It kind of strikes me that Kovi has had his chance and I haven't seen anything amazing in my eyes to suggest he should be given another shot.

He might be a good sign for Williams though. If he does something there then we'll see if his rep is repaired.
 

HammydiRestarules

Di Resta fan :).
Contributor
I think his rep is ok at the moment. For me Heikki is far more constant than the other drivers at the back. Most of his retirements have come through the cars fault.

To me he's in the Buemi, Alguersuari, Sutil and Kobayashi fold - all 4 are good but not good enough to go to a top team. I've left Di Resta and Perez out of that list cause i think both will be in top teams come 2013. I agree i think his team has come and gone and maybe the only step forward would be to go to a Force India or back to Renault.
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Unfortunately Heikki's a Division 3 driver for me. Last year he did some sterling work in rebuilding his reputation after Lewis Hamilton took it apart at McLaren but he's a back marker driver now - a latter day Eddie Cheever or Derek Warwick.
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff member
Premium Contributor
Unfortunately Heikki's a Division 3 driver for me. Last year he did some sterling work in rebuilding his reputation after Lewis Hamilton took it apart at McLaren but he's a back marker driver now - a latter day Eddie Cheever or Derek Warwick.
I'm not so sure that Derek Warwick could be considered a Div 3 driver given the wonderful selection of cars he was given to drive.

As for Heikki, again I disagree. No driver who has stood on the top step of the podium can surely be regarded as div 3? While he is no better than Div 2 any less would be harsh.
 
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