Kovalainen plays down Gascoyne criticism

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Practice, Valencia, Spain, Friday 22 June 2012.Heikki Kovalainen has played down criticism directed at him by Caterham technical boss Mike Gascoyne during a recent interview.

Gascoyne, former F1 stalwart and now the technical boss of the entire Caterham Group, said this week that Kovalainen harmed his chances of staying in F1 due to his poor management team  and a lack of respect as he tried to move up the grid in 2013.

“I have always had a good relationship with [Gascoyne],” said the Finn, “and my relationship with him will continue even now.

“Mike is a seasoned professional and he and I have worked together for a long time,” Kovalainen told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

“The fact is that my negotiations are not with him. I talk to Tony Fernandes and Cyril Abiteboul.

“At the moment, the negotiations are continuing and I am not thinking about anything other than Formula One. First, let’s finish playing the game until the end.

“Then, when we know the outcome, [we] think about what to do next,” added Kovalainen, who moved to Caterham (then Lotus) in 2010 after being dropped by McLaren.

Gascoyne this week confirmed that Caterham is considering replacing Kovalainen with a sponsored driver. (GMM)

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