Heikki Kovalainen doubts Lotus drives will affect his 2014 F1 hopes

Heikki Kovalainen does not think his performances for Lotus in the season's final two Formula 1 races will have any bearing on his chances of a 2014 drive

Heikki Kovalainen doubts Lotus drives will affect his 2014 F1 hopes

Kovalainen, who has spent 2013 as Caterham reserve after losing his race seat at the squad, will take the Lotus drive vacated by fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix.

But Kovalainen said he had no expectation of being considered for a 2014 Lotus drive, and is optimistic he will be racing for Caterham again.

"The main focus this weekend is not trying to show what I can do, but trying to deliver for the team. I'm here for the team more than myself," he said.

"I haven't spoken to Lotus about next year at all.

"The only team that I've really spoken seriously to is Caterham, and we're getting to a point where we're closer to starting to agree terms, so I think that's still the most likely option for me.

"You never know in this paddock, but I don't feel any extra pressure. I don't see these races as deciding what happens [next year]."

Analysis: why Kovalainen got the Lotus drive

Lotus is counting on Kovalainen's experience to help chase down Mercedes and Ferrari in the battle for second in the constructors' championship.

"They hired me because of that, and to be honest if I didn't think I could do it, I would not have accepted it," said Kovalainen.

"Only time will tell how things go, but I expect myself to perform well. I've been in Formula 1 long enough, even if I haven't driven much this year.

"I want to be at the limit as soon as possible."

Although Kovalainen revealed that he did not get called up by Lotus until Tuesday evening, he was able to spend time at its Enstone factory and in its simulator.

"I think within the time limits we've had, we've managed to do quite a lot," he said.

"Whether it's enough, we'll find out."

shares
comments
Lewis Hamilton had cracked chassis, Mercedes reveals
Previous article

Lewis Hamilton had cracked chassis, Mercedes reveals

Next article

US GP: Thursday press conference

US GP: Thursday press conference
The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022