Lotus will run two reserve drivers in the first practice session at Shanghai.
Kovalainen hails the Lotus T128 as “much more like a Formula 1 car should be”.
Lotus are set to finish 2010 as best new team having got both their cars ahead of their rivals in Brazil.
Heikki Kovalainen expects a “hardcore” end to the 2010 season with back-to-back races in countries with a six-hour time difference.
Lotus were responsible for one of the most dramatic moments of the race when Heikki Kovalainen’s car caught fire. He said stopping it on the start/finish straight instead of the pit lane was the safest thing to do. Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen Qualifying position 21 19 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’51.641 (+0.726) 1’50.915 Race position … Continue reading Fire stops Kovalainen (Lotus race review)
A good result for Kovalainen in qualifying was the highlight of Lotus’s weekend. Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen Qualifying position 15 13 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 2’01.491 (+0.148) 2’01.343 Race position 19 16 Average race lap 2’05.741 (+0.519) 2’05.222 Laps 43/44 43/44 Pit stops 1 3 You need to upgrade your Flash Player Open lap times … Continue reading Kovalainen’s bad start (Lotus race review)
Looking ahead to the next round of the world championship at Spa-Francorchamps, Heikki Kovalainen enthused about the track but reserved some criticism for the slow chicane added to the circuit in 2007: I think Spa is one of the circuits where it’s still possible to have a big accident. It’s little more risky than some … Continue reading Kovalainen: Spa is great, but not the chicane
The two Lotus drivers were separated by just two tenths of a second at the end of the British Grand Prix. Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen Qualifying position 21 18 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’34.864 (+0.459) 1’34.405 Race position 16 17 Average race lap 1’41.439 (-0.005) 1’41.443 Laps 51/52 51/52 Pit stops 1 1 You need … Continue reading Trulli edges Kovalainen (Lotus race review)
Lewis Hamilton performed for the crowds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today. He took over the McLaren MP4-2C driven by Jenson Button yesterday and later drove his title-winning MP4-23. Also turning up at the Festival for the first time this weekend were Heikki Kovalainen and Mercedes reserve driver Nick Heidfeld. See below for pictures.
Mark Webber’s European Grand Prix came to a dramatic end when he crashed violently with Heikki Kovalainen. The Red Bull and Lotus drivers were racing for position and collided at the fastest point of the track approach turn 12. Webber hit the back of the Kovalainen’s car and flew through the air.
How did Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus keep Vitaly Petrov behind for ten laps? Why did Michael Schumacher try to go half the race distance on a set of super-soft tyres? And where would Felipe Massa have finished if he hadn’t tangled with Schumacher? Examine the Canadian Grand Prix in detail with the interactive data below.
Excellent strategic calls and and another fine drive in the wet in Shanghai allowed Heikki Kovalainen to bring his Lotus home ahead of one of the established teams’ cars on merit for the first time.
Heikki Kovalainen has denied saying his Lotus T127 is worse than the Minardi he tested in 2003. Kovalainen’s quotes in the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat were reported on several websites yesterday. The Finnish driver criticised the coverage using his Twitter account saying: Seen some news from Finnish media about Lotus/Minardi, comments taken out of context, … Continue reading Kovalainen unhappy with “Minardi” quotes
Lotus have confirmed their two drivers for their return to F1 in 2010. Ex-Toyota driver Jarno Trulli will join the team, being re-united with designer Mike Gasconye for the fourth time in his career. He will be partnered by Heikki Kovalainen, who was squeezed out of McLaren by the arrival of Jenson Button.
F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer looks back on the career of McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen – including that famous victory over Michael Schumacher. As we approach the end of the season, there are doubts over the future of Heikki Kovalainen. It was just two years ago when he scored his first podium here with arguably … Continue reading Heikki Kovalainen’s F1 career in video
Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka was red-flagged three times for three different accidents. Jaime Alguersuari put his Toro Rosso in the barriers at Degner eight minutes into Q2. Then, four minutes after the session had resumed, Timo Glock crashed his Toyota at the final turn. In Q3 it was Heikki Kovalainen’s turn … Continue reading Crashes for Alguersuari, Glock and Kovalainen halt Japan qualifying (Video)
Nelson Piquet’s attack on Flavio Briatore for not giving him and Fernando Alonso equal equipment has once again cast a spotlight on how teams treat their drivers. McLaren’s policy of driver equality was a subject of furious debate during the 2007 season (not least on this site), when Alonso and Lewis Hamilton fell out spectacularly. … Continue reading Whitmarsh wants Hamilton and Kovalainen to have equal equipment
In these two videos McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen and Bridgestone’s Hirohide Hamashima explain what impact the new slick tyres will have on F1 racing this year: Read more F1 2009 technology: front wing F1 2009 technology: Mid-region F1 2009 Technology: Rear wings, diffusers – and the inevitable controversy
Heikki Kovalainen has had an odd introduction to Formula 1. After bagging a seat with reigning champions Renault in 2007, he made his debut as the team hit a slump in performance. He made a poor start to the year but quickly rallied, and beat his vastly more experienced team mate Giancarlo Fisichella on points … Continue reading Heikki Kovalainen: the driver debates
Felipe Massa was three laps away from victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix – and the lead of the world championship – when a shock engine failure ended an excellent drive.