Lack of respect harmed Kovalainen claims Gascoyne

Mike Gascoyne with Tony Fernandes and Heikki KovalainenHeikki 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 “[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)

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  • 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.