McLaren confirm Heikki Kovalainen for 2008

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heikki Kovalainen, Renault, 2007 | Action Images / Renault F1 TeamHeikki Kovalainen will be confirmed as Lewis Hamilton’s team mate at McLaren for 2008 according to today’s Times.

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.”

Photo: Action Images / Renault F1 Team

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24 comments on “McLaren confirm Heikki Kovalainen for 2008”

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  1. Believe all of us Oliver, all McLaren has to offer is a #2 supporting role!!!!!!!! Heikki took it as he had NO seat for 2008.

  2. Remember Kimi? We dont know when exactly he committed to Mclaren, because from midway through the season as speculation was on, that Alonso was returning to Renault, Heikki always said he was confident he would race, typical Finnish laid back assurance.

    Hamilton is not going to be cuddled in that team, he will be given tough competition, Heikki with his experience will get to grips with the car quickly and give Lewis serious competition. Yes Lewis may get more hugs cause he is still like a tot, but the Finns are not known for hugging much, at least when they are race drivers.

  3. I think that it through accident/fortune has given mcclaren two good young compeitive drivers – yes they may lack some of the alleged feedback capabilities that a former driver alleged he gave to the team?? – but hopefully more fun and less petulance as well as trying hard too win

  4. Number 38 Says:

    Believe all of us Oliver, all McLaren has to offer is a #2 supporting role!!!!!!!! Heikki took it as he had NO seat for 2008

    maby 2nd driver but Kovalainen made allmost contract with Toyota when Ron came agressive after him

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