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Kovalainen in talks to make F1 comeback

Mar 31, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Heikki Kovalainen has revealed that he has spoken to multiple teams in an attempt to make a return to Formula One.

The Finnish driver raced for Caterham between 2010 and 2012, but he was dropped by the British team in favor of two pay drivers – Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde – in order to aid their finances.

Despite refusing to become a pay driver, Kovalainen has been linked with a return to his old team after appearing in the Caterham garage last weekend, and he did admit to Autosport that he was missing the sport.

“I love F1. I really enjoyed my time here and would enjoy being here today [in Malaysia].

“I already had a few discussions with different teams.”

Kovalainen enjoyed some success in the sport prior to his Caterham switch, racing for Renault and McLaren between 2007 and 2009. However, he failed to match Lewis Hamilton whilst with the Woking-based team, taking just a single victory at the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix.

His decision to return could be largely down to a potential sponsorship deal. Kovalainen may have been forced between choosing to stick to his principles or make a return to Formula One, but whether or not it will be in the current season remains to be confirmed.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Pic’s rumored lack of funding and Van der Garde’s lack of performance are only going to fan the flames of this rumour.

    I wonder who else might be interested in his services.

  2. icemanpjn - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I suppose I’d like to see him return. He wasn’t fantastic, but he did alright.

    • apexassassin - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Yeah, at least he actually won a race. That’s more than most drivers achieve.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I think Heikki is a better driver than many people think. He has gotten better while Hamilton has stayed aboput the same. Unfortunately there simply aren’t enough good teams in F1. Driving for Caterham is an exercise in futility. The cars suck and even the best driver can’t show their ability. If Heikki just wants to be driving to see if he can finish less than in the last couple spots, that’s his choice. I understand the addiction but it’s painful to see good drivers being abused by teams that have no business being on the F1 grid. They might be capable of competiting in GP2 but they don’t belong in F1.

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