Kovalainen doesn’t want to be a pay driver

By Ubaid Parkar, 23 November 2012
© AP Photo/Tim Hales

Heikki Kovalainen has clarified that he doesn’t prefer to go for the option of becoming a ‘pay driver’ suggesting that he will only try and race on his own accord.

The Finn’s future with Caterham and Formula 1 is in doubt with options for 2013 rapidly depleting as the season heads to the final race at the Brazilian Grand Prix, but the 31-year-old will stand by his principles to secure a seat.

"If it is the last race it's a shame but the situation is quite tricky for me," Kovalainen was quoted saying by Reuters. "We are looking at other options... but even the other options require some money, teams asking for money, and I don't want to go that route.

"I told my management not to actively find money. I don't think it leads to anything. If you had a big backer like Santander, and they went with you to a team then that's a different thing,” the Finn explained. "But to collect the money in a pot for one season, to me it doesn't really do anything.

Caterham announced Marussia’s Charles Pic as one of its drivers for next season with the second seat still vacant although that may be occupied by other candidates, of which Giedo van der Garde has been reported as the prime candidate.

"The situation, how it is now in Formula 1, might not fit for me," Kovalainen said. "Might not have room for me. There's nothing really I can do about it."


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