Lack of respect harmed Kovalainen claims Gascoyne 14 January, 2013 Heikki Kovalainen harmed his chances of staying in Formula One beyond 2012 by demonstrating a lack of respect to Caterham, claims Mike Gascoyne, the team’s former technical boss who now oversees the technical operations of the entire Caterham Group. After three years at the back of the grid with Caterham, Finn Kovalainen – now managed by IMG – attempted to secure a better seat for 2013 but ultimately now faces dropping out of F1 altogether. Gascoyne confirmed speculation that Caterham is considering replacing the 31-year-old with a so-called ‘pay driver’. “We realise what the game is,” he told the motor sport news website crash.net. “[Teams] boom and bust easily. “We have come in and done a very steady job compared to other new teams and have been professional, but we’ve taken a step back and said ‘Ok, we are not going to get there straight away, we need to manage our budgets, manage investment and build up our resources so [that] we are here for the long term’,” Gascoyne said. It is believed the favourites to become Frenchman Charles Pic’s teammate this year are Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna. “It is actually a great shame,” Gascoyne said. “Heikki is a very talented driver but, last year, his management did not handle him very well and he has not done himself any favours. “He has had three years with Caterham, was paid well, and he should have shown more respect about that.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsKobayashi to be ditched for Lotterer at MonzaCaterham faces legal action from former staffNo F1 super license may mean no Monza debut for MerhiFrijns set to lose role as Caterham reserveCaterham: The team has done a solid jobMerhi in line to replace Kobayashi for MonzaCaterham: There’s everything to race forPay drivers queue up at Marussia and CaterhamCaterham: We’ve made progressLotterer: I hope I can help Caterham to move forward Psych4191 He basically told you “your car is crap”. Which is true. It was and is crap. Don’t make a crap car and he won’t call it crap. Hawk crap driver in a crap car mighty boss “Definitely, I have been a little disappointed,” said the 30-year-old. “The pace has not been what we had hoped for, and the latest updates did not bring the momentum we had expected. “The biggest disappointment is that we have not reached the group that is in front of us in the races. The situation is more or less the same as last season,” Kovalainen noted. “I believe that the situation can turn around.We have made progress – not necessarily with the car, but as a team.” What a demonstration of lack of respect to Caterham.