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Heikki Kovalainen Biography

Heikki Johannes Kovalainen is aFinnish Formula One racing driver who currently races for Caterham F1. He drove for McLaren in 2008 and 2009 and Team Lotus in 2010 and 2011, before its rebranding to Caterham. He competed in karting from 1991 to 2000, during which time he finished runner-up in the Finnish Formula A championship in 1999 and 2000. In 2000 he won the Nordic championship and the Paris-Bercy Elf Masters event, leading him to be elected as the Finnish Kart Driver of the Year. He was supported by the Renault Driver Development programme early in his racing career, during which he won the World Series by Nissan championship and finished runner-up in the GP2 series. Renault signed him on as a full-time Formula One test driver for2006, and then promoted him to a race seat for 2007. He moved to McLaren for the 2008 season, where he partnered Lewis Hamilton. His second season saw him achieve his first pole position at Silverstone and his first victory at Hungaroring, becoming the 100th driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix. He remained with the team for the 2009 season. In 2010, he moved to Team Lotus where he remained for 2011. Kovalainen was retained by the team – renamed Caterham F1 for 2012 – for a third year, partnering Vitaly Petrov. This season was more stable, as Kovalainen finished all races but the initial Australian Grand Prix.

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Renault Returns: A history of the team in Formula One
Renault Returns: A history of the team in Formula One
A comprehensive history of Renault in F1.
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5 top draws of F1 who are also intensely fit and competitive athletes
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The difficult life of a third driver in Formula 1
The difficult life of a third driver in Formula 1
The attention of Formula 1 fans was on Lotus F1 Team for the past few weeks, as their star driver Kimi Räikkönen announced he was going to have an operation for his back that wasn’t on the best shape for the last couple of seasons, he aggravated the injury after the Singapore Grand Prix this year. Räikkönen’s announcement meant he has to skip the last two races of the season, so he can fully recover and start training to be in [...]
Can Kovalainen be as good as Kimi for Lotus?
Can Kovalainen be as good as Kimi for Lotus?
Heikki Kovalainen enters the race for a Lotus seat in 2014
Heikki Kovalainen enters the race for a Lotus seat in 2014
Heikki Kovalainen confident of Caterham's car for next season
Heikki Kovalainen confident of Caterham's car for next season
What next for the Lotus F1 team?
What next for the Lotus F1 team?
Heikki Kovalainen upbeat about the possibility of his comeback
Heikki Kovalainen upbeat about the possibility of his comeback
Heikki Kovalainen not considering Le Mans move
Heikki Kovalainen not considering Le Mans move
5 worst pit lane accidents in F1
5 worst pit lane accidents in F1
Caterham can beat Marussia, says Heikki
Caterham can beat Marussia, says Heikki
Kovalainen returns to Caterham as reserve driver
Kovalainen returns to Caterham as reserve driver
A changing Formula One Balance Sheet
A changing Formula One Balance Sheet
For some years now, there have been whispers in Formula 1 that all was not well financially with some of the teams.
Video: Codemasters F1 2012 played by Hamilton, Senna and Kovalainen
Video: Codemasters F1 2012 played by Hamilton, Senna and Kovalainen
Heikki Kovalainen: What does the future hold for him?
Heikki Kovalainen: What does the future hold for him?
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