Caterham keen to have Kovalainen contribute to projects

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 in the Press Conference. Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Thursday 25 October 2012.

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham has left open the door for ousted Heikki Kovalainen to continue with the team in “a different project”.

Team boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted that, while bringing in a pay-driver was another consideration, Finn Kovalainen’s relationship with Caterham soured after their three years together.

“I think at a certain point at the end of last season, maybe there was not the sort of trust and confidence and respect – on both sides – that you should be counting on for the development of the team and driver,” he told Britain’s Sky broadcaster.

“It’s like with your girlfriend or wife — sometimes when you disappoint too much, you know the relationship is just … broken,” added Abiteboul.

Nonetheless, Abiteboul said it is possible Kovalainen, 31, will continue to work with Caterham in another capacity.

“We continue to have discussions with Heikki to see if a different project could be possible,” he said.

“Let’s be honest: we’d be keen to keep experience in our lineup. That’s something we’d both be interested in under the right conditions.” (GMM)

  • James

    Why ?

    If he was such a good driver he would have kept his seat at Mclaren, but his not as good as everyone makes out.

  • stenu

    I believe Heikki would do just fine given reasonable equipment. Sure, McLaren let him go, but replacing him with, then world champion and briton, Button was an easy decision. Heikki’s probably right in saying he doesn’t have the stats required for a return as an F1 driver. I think he should give up on F1, and try to find work in a more reasonable series.

  • jetpack

    “I think at a certain point at the end of last season, maybe there was not the sort of trust and confidence and respect – on both sides – that you should be counting on for the development of the team and driver,”

    This is non-sense. Kovalainen never said anything disrespectful about Caterham. Give a driver a crappy car that doesn’t get any better in the last year and he will tell you that he is not happy with it.

    He has always been loyal to Caterham and a great person and it’s a shame
    Cyril Abiteboul is now trying to put him in a bad light to defend his pathetic decisions.

  • jetpack

    @James:

    It certainly did not help the McLaren was built for Hamiltion’s wild style of driving whereas Kovalainen is driving pretty differently, smooth and precise.

    Apart from all the updates of the car, which were solely used on Hamilton’s car…

    Besides Hamilton has praised him in the highest tones, and if anybody should know about it, it’s him…