At last year's United States Grand Prix, Heikki Kovalainen claimed one of the least enviable records in Formula 1 by notching up his 60th consecutive race without a point.
Eclipsing the record previously held by Piercarlo Ghinzani was no cause for celebration, especially as the writing was already on the wall for Kovalainen's future. Yet 12 months on he goes into the 2013 running of the race with a car eminently capable of ending his 61-start pointless streak, allowing the affable Finn to score for the first time since the 2009 Singapore GP.
The chance to substitute for Kimi Raikkonen in the final two races of 2013 could not have come at a better time. Kovalainen has kept his hand in with six outings for Caterham as third driver (a role he said "doesn't interest me" this time last year).
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.