Heikki Kovalainen

 
Heikki Kovalainen was the 100th driver to win an F1 race when he earned his victory in the 2008 Hungarian GP |  In 2001 British Formula Renault Championship, Kovalainen earned the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’ |  The Finn scored his first championship point at Sepang at Malaysian GP in 2007  |  Kovalainen is the fourth Finnish driver to race for McLaren Mercedes after Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen and Kimi Räikkönen

FACTFILE

Name: Heikki Kovalainen
DOB: Oct 19 1981
Place Of Birth: Suomussalmi
Nationality: Finnish
Most Races For: Lotus - 40
No. Of Races: 112
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PROFILE
Heikki Kovalainen

Having joined the new Lotus Racing team in 2009, Heikki Kovalainen finished 20th in the 2010 season and his heroic fire-fighting skills at the Singapore Grand Prix earned him the coveted title LG Moment of the Year. In 2011, he raced in the Team Lotus colours and for 2012 will remain with the Anglo-Malaysian team in its new guise of Caterham.

Kovalainen made his way into in F1 in 2003 with a test debut, driving a Renault and a Minardi and in 2004, as a member of the Renault Driver Development Programme he assisted with the development of Renault’s championship winning R24, adding to his growing F1 experience.

In 2006, Kovalainen stepped up to the very pinnacle of motorsport, as Renault’s third driver. A series of impressive displays in testing saw him achieve his primary goal, with the announcement that he had been promoted by Renault to a full-time race seat for 2007.

The Finn enjoyed an excellent debut season, out-performing and out-scoring teammate Giancarlo Fisichella, becoming the second best rookie of the season, after Lewis Hamilton, with a credible seventh in the standings.

These achievements did not go unnoticed with McLaren announcing Kovalainen as teammate to Hamilton for 2008 and 2009, until the announcement of his appointment to Lotus Racing. 2008 saw Kovalainen claim both his first pole position, at the British Grand Prix, and his first race win, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where he became the 100th driver to win an F1 race.


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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
2007Renault7th17001030
2008McLaren7th18113253
2009McLaren12th17000022
2010Lotus20th1900000
2011Lotus22nd1900000
2012Caterham22nd2000000
2013Lotus21st200000
Total 1121142105

Heikki Kovalainen - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAM-MATES)

Heikki Kovalainen - Season Performance

According to stats...

  • Heikki Kovalainen was the 100th driver to win an F1 race when he earned his victory in the 2008 Hungarian GP
  • In 2001 British Formula Renault Championship, Kovalainen earned the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’
  • The Finn scored his first championship point at Sepang at Malaysian GP in 2007
  • Kovalainen is the fourth Finnish driver to race for McLaren Mercedes after Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen and Kimi Räikkönen

QUOTES ON HEIKKI KOVALAINEN

Kovalainen had a horrible race. You need to be realistic: he did almost everything wrong. I think everybody was watching on TV. I don't need to protect anybody. It was rubbish. What can I say? If I tell you it was good, I am a complete idiot. Of course he's a rookie but so is (Lewis) Hamilton so in these two weeks before the next race he needs to change his attitude and try to do better, because he has the capability to do it. Nothing went right today.
- Renault boss Flavio Briatore on Kovalainen’s first ever GP in 2007



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