Kovalainen returns to Caterham for practice sessions

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Bahrain, 2013Heikki Kovalainen will return to Caterham to participate in free practice sessions for the team in the next two rounds.

Kovalainen raced for the team in the previous three seasons but was dropped at the end of last year.

“We are delighted to welcome him back into the team,” said team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

“He has six years of F1 experience behind him so he is perfectly placed to provide us objective feedback on the various types of configurations we will run and to give us an objective view of the 2013 tyres against his experience with the 2012 compounds.”

“Having invested in Heikki for our first three years of competition it would be a waste not to leverage the valuable expertise he brings.”

Kovalainen will take over from Alexander Rossi who was originally slated to drive the car in the two sessions. Rossi will take the place of Ma Qing Hua in Caterham’s GP2 squad.

Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde will remain the team’s race drivers.

Cyril Abiteboul explained the changes: “After Ma?s successful run in FP1 in China a number of new opportunities have arisen for him and we have decided to restructure our current line-up.”

“Alexander moves to Caterham Racing to compete in GP2 and I am sure he will be an immediate success in that championship whilst he will continue to enjoy the link with the F1 team throughout the season.”

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76 comments on Kovalainen returns to Caterham for practice sessions

  1. Howard (@howard) said on 18th April 2013, 1:52

    I find it slightly odd that Ma cannot find at least 1 sponsor from China who’s economy has been a monster growth till recently. No money no Ma.

  2. K0V4LA1NEN said on 18th April 2013, 4:28

    even though caterham should have kept either Kovalainen/Petrov i think this is a smart movie to counter the skilful Bianchi. Pic is doing a good job keeping up with Bianchi but i beleive that Caterham need a more experienced driver like Kovalainen who has the skills to challenge and beat Bianchi and the two williams drivers. Lets just hope they sign him before Monaco. i also think that if marussia didnt sign bianchi i think caterham (pic) would be ahead of the 2 marussias.

  3. Irejag (@irejag) said on 19th April 2013, 5:08

    I nearly swallowed my own tongue when I heard they were getting rid of Kovy and Petrov, then I very nearly choked when I heard who was replacing them. In my opinion they should have kept Kovy and Petrov.

  4. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 19th April 2013, 19:02

    @keithcollantine So I see Heiki went back to his old helmet. I did notice one thing, It might be nothing but who knows? He’s got the Number 20 on the helmet while he was driving the 21 car. Perhaps he knows something we don’t, or he’s driving Pics car in Spain and I’m seeing things that aren’t there.

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