Heikki Kovalainen

HammydiRestarules

Di Resta fan :).
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Heikki would be a good candidate for a drive in a Touring car's series or a Le Man series now. I think he's had his time in F1 and they are many drivers who probably deserve a seat more than him in F1.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Well at 31 there is very little chance of securing a good top drive unless he is still managed by Flavio who manage to extend Webber's career by landing him in a Red Bull
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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As pointed out by Andrea_Moda_Rules over on the Caterham thread after a little bit of courting Kovi is back as Caterham reserve driver which in my mind will only lead to him being back in the race seat very very soon.

Seems Caterham have learnt the 'money is all well and good but if you chuck out your talent you go backwards' lesson within 3 Grand Prix.

I'm hoping van der Garde is the one that makes way.
 

The Pits

Harumph. Again.
Valued Member
Agreed.

I cannot help but think that the lack of a star, or a familiar face in Caterham this season has led to a reduction in their profile, which cannot be good for sponsorship potential.

Hopefully getting Heikki back in the car if only FP1 will help that as well as improve the car.
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff member
Please no!

I absolutely ****ing hate making mid season driver changes to all the data and pages.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Contributor
Kovi has gone over 60 grand Prixs witout scoring a point. Do we reckon he'll break that duck this weekend or not?
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
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I think so. Love it to be 2008 in Hungary again. But I do think Grosjean is a more likely winner. Of the P2 battles.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Very philosphical and typical of Heikki .. a man who should have deserved better in his F1 career

What reason did he deserve to be replaced by Piquet Jnr at Renault (before lifeline given by Mclaren0 ?? He beat Fisichella and got the teams only podium in 2007 !

Going to Mclaren was the right choice seeing Toyota probably would have not helped his career anymore
 

Spinodontosaurus

Points Scorer
Whilst his account of the 2008 season is obviously going to be a bit one-sided, it is surprising just how many opportunities for good results he apparently missed that year through bad luck or circumstance.

It is also interesting that Kovalainen had an offer from Toyota, quite fitting then that he has ended up driving for them in Super GT, finishing 13th in 2015 and currently sits 2nd in 2016.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Contributor
What reason did he deserve to be replaced by Piquet Jnr at Renault (before lifeline given by Mclaren0 ?? He beat Fisichella and got the teams only podium in 2007 !
You see that hindsight. Kovi had a very poor start to his F1 career and was nearly dropped by about half way through the season. At this point he had an upturn in form. By then though Renault had committed to running Piquet Jr, probably on the back of Hamilton being such a success and Piquet having been his close rival in GP2 (plus a lot of sponsorship). Even then I Don't think Kovi leaving Renault was a done thing until it became apparent they could get Alonso.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
RasputinLives I remember Flavio saying Heikki debut was rubbish for a start and by the time they got to Canada Piquet Jnr was touted as the replacement but off course that was no doubt down to Nelson Piquet Sotomayor trying to push that Nelsinho is worth his seat... I bet he regretted that decision
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
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Flabio did say after the first race of the season that Heikki had not turned up but had sent his brother instead. First opinions are difficult to overcome if they are bad however big an improvement happens.
 
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