Kovalainen has lost his seat at Renault who announced Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr as its drivers for the 2008 season. The Finn is set to follow the footsteps of Kimi Raikkonen and Mika Hakkinen in joining McLaren, having previously indicated he did not want to stay at Renault if it meant being number two to Alonso.
Other drivers previously believed to be in line for the role included Nico Rosberg (who has now signed a deal with Williams until 2009), Pedro de la Rosa (whose claim to the drive may have been weakened by McLaren’s loss of a Spanish sponsor) and Adrian Sutil.
Update: McLaren have now confirmed Kovalainen for 2008.
Martin Whitmarsh said: “As always we want to make sure that we have the most competitive driver line-up and I think that Lewis and Heikki will be a formidable combination.”
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