Kovalainen had mid team offers before Caterham deal

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations Day, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday 26 July 2012.Aug.22 (GMM) Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen has revealed that he could have avoided racing straight to the back of the grid after losing his top McLaren seat at the end of 2009.

In fact, the Finn signed on with the Caterham team (which was known as the time as Lotus) Their on track battlesĀ  in the last three seasons have only really been with the other 2010 startups, Marussia and HRT.

“I had other options, but not with any big teams – teams that were in the middle of the pack,” Kovalainen told Brazil’s Totalrace.

“I didn’t see any great opportunity and so I preferred to go with a brand new team,” he added.

It is a vastly different approach to that which might be taken by Felipe Massa, who after seven seasons with fabled Ferrari has ruled out moving to a small team in the event he is dropped at the end of 2012.

“It [signing with Caterham] was a risky move, continued the grid’s ‘other’ Finn but I don’t see I would be in a much better situation had I chosen a middle team,” Kovalainen explains. “I chose to start from scratch, changing many things – my routine, my training, everything basically.”

“For me, choosing to start with a new team made me a better person, a better driver. Maybe Felipe’s situation is different to mine, I don’t know if my plan would work well for him.”

Kovalainen said he is yet to start talks with Caterham boss Tony Fernandes about staying for the 2013 season.

“At some point we’ll have that conversation,” he insisted. “For me personally, I want to go back to always fighting for the podium, but I don’t know what the future is for me. I don’t have much to say about it [now].”

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  • McLaren Fan

    Kovalainen & Caterham are working well together.
    Kovalainen has proven he has the right stuff, he is relaxed and developing the car with the team and its working for them.
    Tony Fernandes knows Kovalainen’s worth.