Lewis Hamilton says it’s “crazy” his former team mate Heikki Kovalainen has lost him place in Formula One.
Kovalainen was Hamilton’s team mate at McLaren in 2008 and 2009 before being replaced by Jenson Button.
He spent three years with Caterham (previously Lotus) but the team have a new driver line-up for 2013 of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.
Asked if Kovalainen was fast enough to deserve an F1 seat on merit Hamilton said: “Definitely”.
“It’s funny you mention that because the other day when I was coming here when I landed and I was driving to the track i was thinking to myself ‘it’s such a shame that Heikki’s not here’.
“And, definitely, some other people that now have seats, I think that whoever gave them the seat are crazy to think that they’re better than Heikki. I think Heikki’s got great calibre, great experience and deserves to be here.
“He’s a good friend of mine and I wish him all the best in whatever he’s doing.”
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