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Lotus signs Heikki Kovalainen for remaining GP's

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Howard, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Howard

    Staff Emeritus | Motorsport Engineer Premium

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    Lotus signs Heikki Kovalainen for remaining GP's

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  2. Bruno Sousa Ferreira

    Bruno Sousa Ferreira
    Strategy Mister!

    just wondering why they didn't put their reserve driver in Kimi's place?
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  3. Nox

    Staff Premium

    So 'reserve driver' means nothing then. I have nothing against Kovalainen but I think Valsecchi should have been given the drive.
  4. mystaaRS

    If you get a Quali Place, you can get a Race Pace

    I guess they want 3rd Place in the Constructor's, so they gone for experience.
  5. Nox

    Staff Premium

    I understand that, but if they didn't think Valsecchi was good enough to get them points, why have him as a reserve driver at all in the first place? Would they have used him if they were earlier in the season? Points are equally important every race.
  6. Bram

    Ezekiel 25:17 Staff Premium

    I like Heikki as a driver but this one should indeed have gone to Valsecchi.

    F1 is cruel, this week proofs it again.
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  7. mystaaRS

    If you get a Quali Place, you can get a Race Pace

    I agree, but I don't think they aim to promote him, just for him to gain some experience first ;).
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2013
  8. Tume

    The unlucky Finn

    Get over it guys. It's money which rolls in F1, and as such Lotus wants to secure good points by experience, so they could pay Kimi's back surgery and missing wages. :p
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  9. Heikki is a known quantity as such, although Davide has shown promise he's got less experience in an F1 car and thus honestly Heikki is the safer option at such a critical point for Lotus.
  10. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Staff Premium

    Heikki has driven for the Enstone team before remmeber, there are probably some people in the team happy to see him again.
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  11. They want another quiet Finn that's why :)
  12. Guess Heikki won't be getting paid either. That was in the fine print of the agreement but he may not mind at all.
  13. I think Davide would have taken a couple of races to properly get up to speed, so I don't think Lotus could afford to give him the drive with them being in a crucial battle in the constructors.