Kovalainen hopes to end career at McLaren
|By Jonathan Noble
||Thursday, July 31st 2008, 14:01 GMT
Heikki Kovalainen says he would be happy to finish his career at McLaren after having his contract with the team confirmed for 2009.
The Finn joined the Woking-based outfit at the start of this season and, although bad luck has effectively ruled him out of the championship fight, the team have seen enough to keep him for next year.
And Kovalainen has not ruled out committing himself to the team for even longer - saying it has been his target since the day he joined them.
"I think as far as I am concerned I have never been worried about my contractual situation," said Kovalainen. "Since the beginning of my McLaren career it has been the target to extend this relationship for many, many years.
"First of all I can say I am very, very happy with this team. There is a great potential in this team and I want to be part of it. I would be happy to finish my career at this team, to be honest."
Kovalainen's teammate Lewis Hamilton has also said he hopes the Finn remains at the team for several years.
When asked at the Hungaroring if it was important Kovalainen was staying, Hamilton said: "Absolutely. I've known for a while now so it is not news to me.
"It is great. The atmosphere at the team is fantastic, and a lot of that is due to Heikki being there and us being able to work together. So I welcome it and I really hope he stays for even longer."