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)