Heikki Kovalainen

Senna should be thrown out of F1, he is the worst of all those pay drivers. If that happens we will have a free seat at Williams, which could be a possibility for proven guys like Kovi or Kobi. Maldonado's money surely is enough for the team, or isn't it?
But they will probably take Bottas, which would be good as well.
I second that!!!! I cant stand Bruno Lalli(he's no Senna) at all!!!! A more consistent teammate would have thoroughly humiliated his season!!!! I just hope he leaves F1 for good. It would be a travesty if he manages to stay while the likes of Kovalainen and Kobayashi are left without seats!!!>:(
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
He is unfortunate that his loyalty has not been repaid

- He's another example how a badly mismanaged career has meant he failed to build on his very good debut 2007 season

He is the first of the once billed future generation F1 stars that Autosport covered back in 2005-06 - the others being Hamilton, Rosberg, Kubica who really failed to make an impact in F1

You might want to lay the blame at Flavio Briatore initially in throwing him at the deep end at Mclaren in his insistence of getting Alonso back

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He showed flashes of his ability at Mclaren but you felt he was lacking something like a killer instinct that separate from the very best
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Then perhaps it's his lack of killer instinct that has led to his lack of progression rather than a shortcoming of repayment of loyalty.

We have seen Heikki race for a few years now. He has been a solid driver but has never set the world on fire. He is a likeable guy and a good driver but id he a prospect for the future worthy of continuous investment? Sadly, I think not. So, let's let someone else have a go.

It may sound harsh but this is competitive motor-racing at the highest level.
 

downforce

Race Winner
He is the first of the once billed future generation F1 stars that Autosport covered back in 2005-06 - the others being Hamilton, Rosberg, Kubica who really failed to make an impact in F1
really?

Its a shame Kovalainen didn't get to have his first 3 years in the lotus followed by the Reanault year and then McLaren. Would have likely done far better.

oh well.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
What bought Heikki to everyone's attention was being on the Renault ( aka Flavio stable) driver programme and impressing as tester

It was his victory in 2004 at the Race of Champions against F1 regulars that made people take note and his battle with Nico Rosberg for 2005 GP2 championship which he fought till the very end

downforce

They were sizing up the junior careers of Kubica, Hamilton , Kovailainen and Rosberg I think seeing they've raced each other at some point at junior level and will all no doubt meet in F1 and therefore would be the next generation of F1 stars post Alonso- Raikkonen era

Vettel was not mentioned at the time nor was Di Resta

but Hamilton did mention Piquet Jr could be included ...

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ExtremeNinja

Yes Mclaren were overjoyed that he was a likeable easy going guy compared to the rather intense and at times stressful environment Alonso created the previous season

Problem was when the opportunities were there for him it did not work out like Monza 2008 and 2009 both races he should have featured strongly for the race win

He has had a fair share of bad luck with pitstops and punctures but then you find out how good drivers are when under real pressure like Mclaren were in 2009

He just did not seem to respond to the same level as Hamilton when asked

Being 31 years old now it seems his career in F1 is finished ...the only team who would take him on is Williams but even they need someone with financial backing ..

He has become a victim of the lack of progress by his team and the waning interest of Fernandes which makes it difficult for front teams to take note
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Il_leone

I think he has been the victim of simply not being a winner. There are better drivers out there and that's all there is to it. F1 should be continuously looking for new talent. Kovalienen has been a fairly consistent and safe pair of hands but has never set the world on fire. Motor racing, like most things, is a test. He has been around long enough to find his level and I think he has been at that plateau for quite some time now. If potential for a higher level can be observed in another driver then it is natural that they should be allowed to take their turn. In order for that to happen somebody has to move out of the way. As much as F1 is a business, it is also a talent competition. I don't think there is much more to come from Heikki that we haven't already seen. He has given it a good crack and has done well. He should be proud of himself and his achievements but seek out the next challenge. I could say the same for a number of other drivers, too.
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
In some cases, yes, but it shouldn't. Senna most certainly does not deserve to be taking up one of the few and sought after race-seats. I think I'm talking more about how it should be than how it is. Because Bruno has a seat should not mean Heikki should get a seat, although I appreciate that is not what you are necessarily saying. I think I am probably looking at this from quite an idealist perspective.

[Edit] I think I should have thrown the word "meritocracy" in there somewhere.
 

Fenderman

Rooters Reporter
Heikki had a pretty reasonable career before entering F1 with more wins and championships in the feeder classes compared to some of the 2012 and 2013 newbies. Finishing 7th in the WDC in his rookie season with Renault in 2007 wasn't bad either. He has done a pretty reasonable job dragging that Caterham around this year and that's no mean feat. At age 31 he has five years F1 experience and eight or nine years worth of F1 driving still in him. I for one believe that he is under-rated. I am also surprised and disappointed that there are number of drivers on the grid whose pre-F1 results are woeful in comparison and that Heikki hasn't got a seat.
 

downforce

Race Winner
Yeah Monza 2008 and Monza again in 2009 were his 2 big oppurtunities and they slipped by.

But would Hamilton/Vettel/Alonso/Raikkonen have set the world alight in a Caterham?

Had their first 3 years been there we would probably think they weren't much good.
 

Lewywo4

Race Winner
Downforce.......nobody would have set the world alight in a Caterham......nobody! I do think that Mclaren expected Heikki's only win at Hungary in 2008 to come from his pace, and not because Felipe had engine failure.
 

siffert_fan

Too old to watch the Asian races live.
Contributor
I often wonder how the bottom-feeding teams weigh their options. On the one hand, a rather poor driver might be able to provide up-front money, whereas a better driver, like HK or Heidfeld could well bring some points where the paying drivers can't. That would result is more tv money and end-of-season money as well.

Wouldn't the smartest move be to have one pay driver teamed with someone like HK or Heidfeld?
 

Mephistopheles

Banned
Contributor
The problem is that history shows that Kovalainen has been at a top front running team and has managed to work his way backwards to the tail end of the grid, and that is his talent set he should just give it up and move on to some other series, judging by what I've seen he'd be a top driver in an American series, maybe he should go there because he isn't good enough for F1....
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
Wouldn't the smartest move be to have one pay driver teamed with someone like HK or Heidfeld?
As usual, Peter Sauber has the best ideas - get yourself a Perez ! Talented and not short of a peso. All you then have to do is find another driver from the same nation for the next year and keep the money rolling in, giving you the dosh to sign the highest rated up- and- comer from the midfield.

Probably helps that they had a pretty decent car though...!
 
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