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Heikki Kovaleinen will step into the shoes of his injured compatriot Kimi Raikkonen for the next two races of the season with Lotus F1 as he tries to win a seat back in Formula 1 after an absence of a year.
Raikkonen underwent surgery on his back that ruled him out of the last two races of the season at United States and Brazil and with Formula 1 legend and former seven time drivers’ world champion Michael Schumacher turning down the opportunity to fill in for the Finn, Kovalanein has seized the opportunity with open arms as he looks to put himself on the driver market for the 2014 season.
The 32 year old has a record of one win and three podium finishes in 109 starts during his career in the sport and he will look to improve upon it in the next two races and give a good account of himself with Lotus F1 who are yet to name a replacement for Raikkonen, who will rejoin Ferrari for the 2014 Formula 1 season.
Speaking about his move, the Finn stated that it is a fantastic opportunity for him to be able to race for Lotus F1. He mentioned that everyone has seen how the car has performed throughout the season, pushing for a win and podium finishes and he mentioned that he will try his hardest to ensure that it stays competitive for the last two races as well.
Lotus F1 are currently fighting with Ferrari and Mercedes GP for second place in the constructors’ championship and Kovalainen hopes that his run with the team will help them on their way to that goal, appreciating the team for giving him the opportunity to take on one of the biggest challenges in his career in Formula 1 as well.
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In what could be the biggest shock of the Formula 1 next season, the McLaren F1 Team has targeted former two time Drivers’ World Champion Fernando Alonso and would love it if the Spaniard rejoined the team once again.
Arguably the greatest driver of his generation in terms of pure racing technique, the Spaniard is believed to be unsettled at Ferrari after the Italian team confirmed the return of Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen to partner the former world champion and according to sources close to the English team, they could just try to take advantage of the situation.
Alonso previously drove for the English team back in 2007 and when the team principal for the McLaren F1 Team Martin Whitmarsh was asked whether he would prefer to have the former double world champion in his team, he made no qualms in stating that any team would, considering he is the best driver there is.
But he also added that he doesn’t know about the contractual situation of Fernando Alonso at Ferrari and believes he is under contract with the Italian team. It is being believed that if Alonso were to rejoin McLaren, he would take the place of Sergio Perez with Jenson Button still under contract at the team.
But Alonso himself didn’t want to be drawn into any sort of discussion regarding the matter and quickly went on to state that he loves Ferrari and he would prefer to see out his contract with the team when asked about his thoughts on the matter.
Fernando Alonso did mention that it was indeed flattering that every year, principals of different teams mention that they respect his attitude and technique and with compliments coming in from a team like McLaren is obviously very flattering for him but he prefers to stay at Ferrari.
Pat Symonds recently left his position as the Marussia technical consultant and he has taken up his new role as the Williams technical director. His departure from the team last month has not left a huge void according to the team president, Graeme Lowdon.
In a recent interview, he said that Symonds has left the team in a good position and they are not in a hurry to replace him. He has paid tribute to the work done by Symonds during his time at the team. According to him, the car has made a lot of progress from the position they were in last season. Read more »