Kovalainen: No Reason to Panic

Heikki Kovalainen reckons he will be back on the pace for this weekend's Budapest meeting after having his championship lead slashed in Hockenheim

Kovalainen: No Reason to Panic

The Arden International driver had his championship lead cut by 14 points by Nico Rosberg after the German finished higher in both races, having won the weekend's first race.

Rosberg is now only six points behind Kovalainen with five meetings remaining, but the Finn is refusing to panic.

"I don't think there's any reason to panic, and we just need to look at it carefully," the Finn said.

"We just have to find the small things and be sharp enough to be there at the right time - it's not like we could win races and then suddenly we won't be able to do it again. We have to just improve and fix the problems and we'll be okay for Hungary.

"We obviously had big problems in the second race, and we were just too slow compared to everyone else. Everybody was just leaving me behind and I wasn't going forward.

"We had some problems with the tyres, but we probably know what the problems are so we should be able to fix it. We need to improve overall a bit - we haven't been looking quick at all here, to be honest."

Kovalainen spent most of the second race with teammate Nicolas Lapierre behind, but the Finn revealed the pair were not racing.

Kovalainen: "No, we have no team orders, but we have a policy that we don't race each other. I defended from him at the beginning because I was struggling a little bit with the front tyre at that stage. He wasn't quick enough to pass me, although it would have been close, and I think he just didn't want to do anything silly, really.

"I think it was quite clear that he was quicker - I think he was happier with his balance, and so it's something we can look at. But I still scored a point, which is better than not scoring any points."

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