Kovalainen targeting midfield push for Caterham

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham.May 23 (GMM) Heikki Kovalainen is looking for Caterham to move into the Formula One midfield, according to his new management company.

Having handled his own career in the wake of Flavio Briatore’s demise, Finn Kovalainen recently signed up with IMG, the sports and entertainment management giant.

The 30-year-old has rebuilt his reputation since 2010 with tenures for top teams Renault and McLaren.

According to IMG Motorsport’s head of clients Martin Anayi, Kovalainen is now regarded by F1  team bosses up and down pitlane as among the best drivers.

“He is a great guy,” Anayi is quoted by Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper.

“Heikki’s potential is obvious and he definitely wants to succeed.”

There have been rumblings in the paddock that Kovalainen is disappointed that, despite being consistently the best of F1’s new teams since 2010, Caterham is yet to break into the midfield.

“This is only the team’s third season, so there are still some growing paints,” IMG’s Anayi acknowledged.

“Heikki has a strong desire to compete, and not just with his teammate Vitaly Petrov. The team’s boss Tony Fernandes wants to get in with the middle group.

“This means that the team needs to regularly get into the Q2 stage of qualifying and in the race be aiming for the points,” he insisted.

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  • AngryBeaver

    GOOD LUCK HEIKKI!!! But currently Vitaly’s look stronger than U in races, so you need to catch him first of all. In spain you were ahead because Vitaly had 2 stints on HARDs against yours 1 stint.