Kovalainen hands on with 2012 Caterham

Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen

Dec.5 (GMM) Heikki Kovalainen has revealed he has been closely involved in the development of next year’s Caterham Formula 1 car.

Despite his continuing contract, the Finn has been linked with a shock switch to Lotus, but he scotched those rumours by revealing the extent of his input into the green and yellow car he will be driving in 2012.

“I want to create the best possible conditions so that I can make something of it,” said Kovalainen, referring to his so far multiple year commitment to the Caterham team having previously driven for McLaren and Renault.

“I am very involved in the design of the car for next year,” he told the Dutch magazine Formule 1. “I come often to the factory, I know all the department heads, from aerodynamics to electronics.

“They ask for my opinion and listen to what I have to say, and I listen to their ideas. The team knows what kind of car I want in 2012, and together we will try to build exactly that.”

Much more uncertain is the future of Caterham’s other driver Jarno Trulli.

Referring to the input the Italian veteran has had into the 2012 car, Kovalainen replied: “I don’t know, we’ve never talked about it.”