Kovalainen set to sign as Mercedes F1 test driver 29 April, 2014 Heikki Kovalainen with Lewis Hamilton Heikki Kovalainen is poised to return to Formula 1 in a test driver role, according to the major Finnish newspaper Ilta Sanomat. The report said that the 32-year-old, who was dropped by Caterham at the end of 2012, is set to sign a contract to be a Mercedes test driver. Last year, Kovalainen looked poised to return to the grid with Caterham in 2014, but late in the season he struggled notably at Lotus when he was drafted in to replace the injured Kimi Raikkonen. Caterham team owner Tony Fernandes admitted recently that Kovalainen’s Lotus struggle “played a part” in the decision to sign Kamui Kobayashi instead. Kovalainen is yet to comment on his 2014 plans, but Ilta Sanomat reports that the Mercedes deal has been on the table for some time, with contracts now ready to be signed. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsVuvuzela style F1 exhaust tested by Mercedes is a flopHamilton: My team is stronger than ever and there’s a lot more to comeRosberg worried about reliabilityRosberg: We were able to see a few more weaknesses of our carRosberg: We’re quicker on the straights and slower in the cornersHamilton: The team can be very proud of this after so much hard workHamilton and Rosberg to alternate driving days in BahrainHamilton: I’m feeling very positive after these Jerez testsHamilton: World champion! I can’t believe itMercedes: Does anyone believe it was a boring season?