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Heikki Kovalainen
Heikki Kovalainen portrait(cropped).jpg
Kovalainen at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix
Nationality Finland Finnish
Formula One World Championship career
Current team Lotus-Cosworth
Car # 19
Races 53
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 4
Career points 105
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 2
First race 2007 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
2009 position 12th (22 pts)

Heikki Johannes Kovalainen[1] (born October 19, 1981 in Suomussalmi, Finland) is a Finnish Formula One racing driver who spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with British based team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, and will drive for the new Lotus Racing team for the 2010 campaign.

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 for 2006, and then promoted him to a race seat for 2007. He gained his first podium by finishing second in the Japanese Grand Prix.

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. He has since been replaced by reigning world champion Jenson Button for the 2010 season, who moves from Brawn GP (now Mercedes GP).

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Early career

Karting (1991-2000)

Kovalainen's career began in kart racing, much like that of many other Formula One drivers. 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, as well as finished third in the World Formula Super A Championship, leading him to be elected as the Finnish Kart Driver of the Year.

Formula Renault (2001)

Kovalainen began his car racing career in the British Formula Renault championship, which fellow Finn Kimi Räikkönen had won the previous year before moving straight into Formula One with Sauber. Kovalainen's apprenticeship in the junior categories of motor sport was more conventional, but was remarkable in that he used Renault power at every step along the way.[2]

He finished fourth in the championship with two wins, two pole positions, five podiums and three fastest laps, earning the Rookie of the Year award. He also took part in the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix, where he finished eighth.

Formula Three (2002)

Kovalainen at the 2002 Macau Grand Prix

Kovalainen attracted the support of the Renault Driver Development programme and in 2002 moved up to the British F3 series with Fortec Motorsport who used Renault engines. He became one of the most competitive drivers on the grid by the second half of the season and all five of his wins came in the final nine races. With three pole positions, three fastest laps and third overall in the championship behind Robbie Kerr and James Courtney[2] he was again Rookie of the Year.

He also demonstrated strong form in the international F3 rounds, with second place at the Macau Grand Prix and fourth place at the Zandvoort Marlboro Masters.

World Series by Nissan (2003-2004)

Kovalainen moved into the Renault-owned World Series by Nissan in 2003 - but faced a tough team mate at the Gabord team in Franck Montagny. Montagny had already spent two seasons in the World Series and had won the championship in 2001.[2] Montagny won the 2003 title with nine wins to Kovalainen's one.

The Finn stayed in the World Series for 2004, but moved to the Pons Racing team. Kovalainen won the championship ahead of Tiago Monteiro, with 192 points and six wins.[2]

With Kimi Räikkönen finishing seventh in Formula One and Marcus Grönholm fifth in the World Rally Championship, Kovalainen was awarded as the Finnish Driver of the Year.

Race of Champions

Kovalainen competed in the 2004 Race of Champions at the Stade de France in Paris. In the first two rounds he defeated Formula One drivers David Coulthard and Jean Alesi, and then Ferrari Formula One star Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari 360 Modena in the semi-finals. He then beat World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in the finals using the Ferrari and a Peugeot 307 WRC car, although Kovalainen had never even sat in a rally car before.

He became the first non-rally driver to win the Henri Toivonen Memorial Trophy and earn the title "Champion of Champions".

He also participated in the Nations Cup alongside countryman Marcus Grönholm. Their team finished in second place after Kovalainen's Ferrari 360 Modena broke down in the finals, losing to the French team of Loeb and Alesi.

He returned to the Race of Champions in 2005, defeating Bernd Schneider and Felipe Massa, but was then knocked out in the semi-finals by Tom Kristensen.[2]

Kovalainen made another impact in the Race of Champions in 2006 by winning the Nations Cup together with Marcus Grönholm. In the individual event he was again eliminated in the semi-finals by Mattias Ekström by a mere 0.0002 seconds.

In 2007, Kovalainen was strong again. He and his partner Marcus Grönholm carried Finland to the Nations Cup final, where they lost to the German team of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Kovalainen beat Vettel in the individual race, before crashing on the finish line in the next round against Andy Priaulx. He crossed the line out of control, and Priaulx pipped him.

GP2 Series (2005)

In 2005, Kovalainen entered the GP2 Series, the new 'feeder' series for F1 and the successor to Formula 3000. Driving for the Arden International team, Kovalainen began the season with strong results by winning the first ever round of the new championship in Imola and then finishing third in the sprint race. In Barcelona he scored his third consecutive podium, but in the sprint race his car stalled on the grid. He dominated the race in Monaco by claiming pole position, leading the race for the first 21 laps and clocking the fastest lap of the race. Problems during his pitstop, however, dropped him down to fifth. At the Nürburgring he gave his best performance yet, by winning the race from 17th on the grid. In the sprint race José María López caused a collision which forced Kovalainen to retire. At Magny-Cours he won again from fourth on the grid, and came third in the sprint race.

At this point in the season, however, a resurgent Nico Rosberg with his ART Grand Prix team seemed to find more speed and began scoring victories, emerging as Kovalainen's main rival for the championship. Kovalainen and Arden fought back, scoring podiums and points positions in Silverstone, Hockenheim and Hungaroring, but were unable to find the necessary speed to beat Rosberg. In Istanbul's feature race Kovalainen finished tenth due to engine problems, but in the sprint race held in wet conditions he returned to his winning ways. At Monza Arden were fast again, and Kovalainen snatched his second pole of the season and won the feature race. In the sprint race he could only manage fifth position, however, and this meant that with four races left in the season, Kovalainen was leading Rosberg by only four points.

After a chaotic weekend at Spa affected by rain and Safety Cars, Rosberg took the lead from Kovalainen. In the final two rounds in Bahrain, Rosberg and ART seemed to be unmatched again, and he secured the championship by winning the feature race with Kovalainen finishing third. Retiring from the last sprint race, Kovalainen finished runner-up in the series, 15 points adrift.[2]

Formula One

Renault (2004–2007)

2004-2006

Kovalainen testing for Renault F1 in 2006, at Valencia

Kovalainen, Franck Montagny and José María López tested the Renault R23B F1 car at Barcelona in December 2003. Kovalainen also tested for Minardi, but Renault made him second test driver alongside Montagny for 2004.[2]

Kovalainen was promoted in Montagny's place at the end of 2005 and spent the 2006 season in a full-time testing role, logging over 28,000 km of testing.

Renault's lead driver Fernando Alonso had signed for McLaren for the 2007 season, and Renault elected to promote Kovalainen in his place, which they confirmed on September 6, 2006.[3] Team boss Flavio Briatore said: "With Kovalainen, I hope to find the anti-Alonso." [4]

2007

Kovalainen made his race debut at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix. His season got off to a rough start; he made several mistakes during the race, finishing tenth. Flavio Briatore felt it was a disappointing debut for the young Finn and hoped the real Kovalainen would show up next time.

Kovalainen at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix, leading Nico Rosberg

Kovalainen scored his first World Championship point in his second Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, and followed this with a ninth place in Bahrain. He then secured seventh place in Barcelona, outperforming team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella. He was well down the order in Monaco, finishing 13th.

In Canada he made mistakes throughout practice, including one at the exit of turn 7, and hit the barrier. He crashed at the first chicane in qualifying, and damaged his rear wing significantly, and failed to make it through to the second qualifying session. In the race he made progress early on, and then halted. He had luck with the strategy and the Safety Car, and a podium was within his grasp, but he could not find a way past Alexander Wurz of Williams, who had also started towards the rear of the pack. Kovalainen was pulling away from the Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen in the closing stages, which was a real confidence booster for the team.

Kovalainen at the 2007 British Grand Prix

In the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway he also scored a solid result. He qualified well, and a good start saw him go past Räikkönen into fifth place. He held Räikkönen off, and led the race at the end of his first stint when the cars ahead of him made their pit stops. He re-joined behind the Ferrari and looked comfortable in sixth place until Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber broke down in front of him, and Kovalainen took over Heidfeld's fifth place, while team-mate Fisichella failed to score points.

The second half of the European season failed to produce equally strong results, but it did keep the points tally ticking over. During the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, there would be disappointment. He was with his team mate until the sharp Adelaide hairpin, when Jarno Trulli's Toyota made an optimistic lunge up the inside of Kovalainen which wrecked both drivers' races. Kovalainen had to go back to the pits for some repair work and eventually finished 15th. Seventh place at the British Grand Prix was no disaster, with Fisichella finishing behind him.

The Nürburgring only gave Kovalainen a point, although a better strategy may have seen him on the podium. The Hungaroring only brought him one point as well, although Istanbul Park netted three, with Kovalainen coming ahead of Robert Kubica. Kovalainen led the Grand Prix there for a while, when the cars ahead of him made their pit stops. Seventh place at Monza was a fair result.

Kovalainen had time to watch the Brazilian Grand Prix after his only retirement of the season.

The team took a gamble in the next race at Spa-Francorchamps, with Kovalainen on a one-stop strategy while his challengers for the rear end of the points were all on two-stop strategies, which included the BMW's of Heidfeld and Kubica (who was docked ten places down the grid due to an engine change), Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber. A good start from Kovalainen saw him become a mobile chicane for all of them except Webber. The gamble did not pay off, although Kovalainen held off Kubica in the closing stages to secure the final points position. Better was to come at the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway, where, despite not making it through to the final qualifying session, Kovalainen raced well. While most of his rivals got into trouble one way or another in the hazardous wet conditions, Kovalainen did not and held off Kimi Räikkönen in the closing laps to take second place and his first podium in Formula One.

At the Chinese Grand Prix he came in ninth. In Brazil Kovalainen made a mistake in qualifying and was left 17th on the grid. At the start of the race his team-mate Fisichella was involved in a collision with Sakon Yamamoto, which in turn caused Ralf Schumacher to collide with Kovalainen, forcing him to pit. On lap 36 he felt a vibration at the left rear, and suddenly the back end of the car snapped, launching Kovalainen into the barriers. The retirement, possibly caused by damage from the collision with Schumacher, was his first of the season, meaning he lost the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of becoming the first driver to finish all of the races in his first season. As it stands, he shares the record for most consecutive finishes from start of career with Tiago Monteiro, both having finished 16 races.

McLaren (2008–2009)

At the end of the 2007 season Fernando Alonso switched back to Renault, and Kovalainen was left with offers from Toyota and McLaren.[5][6] On 14 December 2007 it was confirmed that Kovalainen would replace Alonso once again and drive for McLaren Mercedes for the 2008 Formula One season alongside Lewis Hamilton.[7][8] Kovalainen is the fourth Finn to race for the Woking based team, following Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen and Kimi Räikkönen.

2008

Kovalainen driving the McLaren MP4-23

Kovalainen began his first official testing session with McLaren on January 9 2008 with Pedro de la Rosa at Jerez, and continued the next day with Lewis Hamilton.

In his first race at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix he was quickest in the first qualifying session and started third on the grid behind Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica. He overtook Fernando Alonso on the final lap, but then accidentally hit the pit lane limiter granting fourth place to Alonso, himself finishing fifth. The fastest lap of the race went to Kovalainen.

In Malaysia he set the third fastest time of the final qualifying session, but was penalised five places for blocking Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber in the latter stages of the session. Kovalainen finished the race third as his teammate Lewis Hamilton faced problems in the pits, and Ferrari's Felipe Massa retired due to a spin.

In Bahrain he flatspotted a tyre on the first lap and was consequently well off the pace of the Ferraris and the BMW Saubers.[9] Towards the end he improved and recorded the fastest lap of the race again, coming home fifth.

Kovalainen at Monaco

At the Spanish Grand Prix on 27 April 2008, the cars ahead of Kovalainen had pitted and he had just taken the lead, when his front-left tyre suddenly deflated and his car crashed into the tyre wall on lap 22. Kovalainen's car was almost completely buried under the tyres. The Safety Car was deployed for six laps as the debris was removed, and he was finally removed from the car and placed on a stretcher, at which point he gave a "thumbs-up". He was then taken by helicopter to a Barcelona area hospital for further tests. His final condition was a minor concussion, whilst also complaining of a sore elbow and neck.[10] Kovalainen apparently did not lose consciousness at any point, according to the people who assisted him at the scene, but he himself had no memory of the accident nor of giving the "thumbs-up". The first thing he remembered was waking up at the hospital and the team doctor telling him what had happened.[11] Kovalainen was released from the hospital two days later and he was able to race in the Turkish Grand Prix in two weeks' time. The cause of the accident was later determined to have been a production error on the wheel rim.[12][13][14]

In the Turkish Grand Prix, evidence of the effects of different driving styles used by the two McLaren drivers became apparent. Hamilton's more aggressive driving style meant that he had to adopt a three-stop strategy for the race due to concerns over his tyres' durability on the Istanbul Park circuit, while Kovalainen was able to use a two-stop strategy.[15][16] Kovalainen put his car on the front row of the grid in second place, but suffered a puncture during a fight with Kimi Räikkönen in the first corner and dropped back. He would finish the race in 12th place.

More disappointment was to follow in Monaco when a software glitch stalled his car on the grid. He was able to start from the pitlane after the mechanics changed his steering wheel, and he made his way up to eighth place, the final point scoring position.[17]

In Montreal it was Kovalainen's turn of the two McLaren drivers to experience difficulties with his tyres. Qualifying seventh, during the race his tyres seemed to degrade much more rapidly than Hamilton's on this circuit, and the team was forced to tell him to take it easy in order to avoid a puncture.[18] He finished ninth, and later described his race as a total catastrophe, suspecting the tyre issues had something to do with his driving style.[19][20] At the French Grand Prix Kovalainen started tenth on the grid, after being docked five places for blocking Mark Webber in qualifying. He finished fourth.

At Silverstone, Kovalainen achieved his first pole position. He led the race for the first four laps, but on lap five Hamilton overtook him into Stowe Corner. Kovalainen seemed to be losing grip on the wet circuit, and spun his car twice during the race. He finished fifth. After the race Kovalainen reported similar problems with his tyres that had plagued him in Canada; after a few laps the rear tyres were completely degraded and had lost their grip. He again suspected his driving style, combined with the car set-up and low grip conditions.[21][22][23]

Kovalainen leading Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone

At the 2008 German Grand Prix Kovalainen finished fifth. In the week leading up to the Hungarian Grand Prix, McLaren confirmed that Kovalainen would remain with the team for 2009.[24] He won his first race at Hungary and became the 100th driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix after race leader Felipe Massa retired due to an engine failure with three laps remaining.[25] After the race Kovalainen commented: "In previous races my driving was too hard on the tyres. For this race we made somewhat radical changes to the set-up, and they were definitely a step in the right direction."[26]

At the 2008 European Grand Prix he finished fourth. On September 5 Kovalainen elaborated on the tyre issues for Autosport. The problem seemed to be indeed caused by his different driving style compared to Hamilton, particularly the way he enters corners, uses brakes differently and then accelerates. Hamilton turns the car in a shorter time whereas Kovalainen is trying to make the corners more round, inadvertently causing more wear on the tyres. They had made progress by adapting the car and working on his driving style.[27][28]

In Belgium he qualified third, but lost eight places at the start.[29] On lap ten he collided with Mark Webber and was given a drive-through penalty, which dropped him to fifteenth place. He worked his way back up to seventh again, but on the final lap had to retire due to a gearbox failure, which ultimately left him tenth in the results. At the 2008 Italian Grand Prix he qualified second behind Sebastian Vettel in the tricky wet conditions. In the race Kovalainen developed brake temperature problems, however, and couldn't quite match the speed of Vettel. He brought the car home in second place, but was disappointed at the lost chance for a win.[30]

At the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix Kovalainen qualified fifth, having slightly touched the wall in his final run in the third qualifying session. At the start of the race he tried to overtake Kubica for fourth place, but they made contact at Turn 3, causing Kovalainen to lose two places to Glock and Vettel. During a Safety Car session, both McLarens pitted at the same time and Kovalainen had to queue up behind Hamilton, dropping him down the order to 14th. He ultimately finished tenth.

Kovalainen at the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix

Prior to the Japanese Grand Prix Kovalainen discussed his driving style and the tyre problems in an interview with the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, feeling they had now solved the issues. He explained his driving style was now very close to Hamilton's, as well as his car set-up. Hamilton's aggressive driving style seemed to work the best with the McLaren MP4-23, allowing the tyres to last longer. Hamilton hits the brakes harder and turns the car more quickly into the corner, while Kovalainen's softer driving style would be to drive with a longer curve into the corner, going easier on the brakes and accelerating halfway through the corner. Since the McLaren was harder on the tyres than Renault and the Bridgestones weren't quite as robust as the Michelins, that driving style now led to excessive tyre degradation.[31]

In Japan Kovalainen qualified third behind Hamilton and Räikkönen. During the initial tussle between Hamilton and Räikkönen, Kovalainen was pushed off the track along with several other cars. Kovalainen was running in third when on lap 17 his car suffered an engine failure.[32]

At the Chinese Grand Prix, although leading the timesheets in the initial part of the third qualifying session, he eventually managed fifth position on the grid.[33] In the race, tyre problems came to haunt him once again. His first set of front tyres had been marked incorrectly, so the left tyre was installed on the right-hand side of the car and vice versa, meaning the tyres were spinning in the wrong direction, causing understeer. He reported the understeer on the radio, and during his first pit stop the mechanics tried to improve the situation by raising the front-wing angle. Now that he also had correctly marked tyres, however, meant that the front-wing was now causing oversteer and making the front of the car heavier. This possibly caused the puncture to his front right tyre on lap 35, forcing him to pit and drop down to 17th, before he finally retired on lap 49 due to a hydraulics problem.[34][35][36]

Going into the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, Kovalainen posted the fastest lap of the weekend in the second qualifying session, but in the end Hamilton and Kovalainen were left fourth and fifth on the grid, leading many to believe they were fuelled heavier than the other frontrunners.[37][38][39] Kovalainen eventually finished seventh.

2009

Kovalainen testing the McLaren MP4-24 at Jerez.
Kovalainen at the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix.

At the start of the 2009 season McLaren were struggling for pace. Both Kovalainen and Hamilton failed to get into the top ten in qualifying for the first two races.

In the Australian Grand Prix Kovalainen retired due to a collision with Mark Webber in the first corner and in Malaysia he spun off on the first lap while fighting for position with Hamilton and Massa. In China he scored his first points of the season by finishing fifth. He ended the season with 22 points having had five retirements, this left him in 12th position in the championship. On 18th November it was announced that Jenson Button had been signed on a multi year deal as Hamilton's team mate leaving Kovalainen [40] without a 2010 F1 drive.

Lotus Racing (2010)

Kovalainen driving for Lotus at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix.

It was announced on 14 December 2009, that Heikki Kovalainen will drive for Lotus Racing in 2010 along with Jarno Trulli.[41]

Lotus Racing will make their debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix on 14 March 2010. The car was off the pace in pre-season testing, due to a lack of downforce caused by the need for a conservative initial design.[42]

Personal life

Kovalainen has a British girlfriend Catherine Hyde who studies sport psychology. They have decided to get married on October 10, 2010.[43]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2001 Formula Renault 2000 UK Fortec Motorsport 13 2 2 3 5 243 4th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 25th
2002 British Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 26 5 2 3 12 257 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 14th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2003 World Series by Nissan Gabord Competición 18 1 3 1 4 134 2nd
2004 World Series by Nissan Pons Racing 18 6 10 8 11 176 1st
2005 GP2 Series Arden International 23 5 2 1 12 105 2nd
2007 Formula One ING Renault F1 Team 17 0 0 0 1 30 7th
2008 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 18 1 1 2 3 53 7th
2009 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 17 0 0 0 0 22 12th
2010 Formula One Lotus Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0* 15th*

* Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Arden International SMR
FEA

1
SMR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

5
EUR
FEA

1
EUR
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA

1
FRA
SPR

3
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

3
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

5
TUR
FEA

10
TUR
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

5
BEL
FEA

15
BEL
SPR

9
BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

Ret
2nd 105

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2007 ING Renault F1 Team Renault R27 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
10
MAL
8
BHR
9
ESP
7
MON
13
CAN
4
USA
5
FRA
15
GBR
7
EUR
8
HUN
8
TUR
6
ITA
7
BEL
8
JPN
2
CHN
9
BRA
Ret
7th 30
2008 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes FO 108V 2.4 V8 AUS
5
MAL
3
BHR
5
ESP
Ret
TUR
12
MON
8
CAN
9
FRA
4
GBR
5
GER
5
HUN
1
EUR
4
BEL
10
ITA
2
SIN
10
JPN
Ret
CHN
Ret
BRA
7
7th 53
2009 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
CHN
5
BHR
12
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
TUR
14
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
5
EUR
4
BEL
6
ITA
6
SIN
7
JPN
11
BRA
12
ABU
11
12th 22
2010 Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR
15
AUS
MAL
CHN
ESP
MON
TUR
CAN
EUR
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
BRA
ABU
15th* 0*

* Season in progress.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Franck Montagny
World Series by Nissan
Champion

2004
Succeeded by
Robert Kubica
Preceded by
Sébastien Loeb
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

2004
Succeeded by
Sébastien Loeb
Preceded by
Tom Kristensen
Mattias Ekström
Race of Champions
Nations Cup Winner

2006 with:
Marcus Grönholm
Succeeded by
Michael Schumacher
Sebastian Vettel
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kimi Räikkönen
AKK Motorsport
Finnish Driver of the Year

2004
Succeeded by
Kimi Räikkönen

Simple English

Heikki Kovalainen
File:Heikki Kovalainen 2010
Kovalainen at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
Nationality Finnish
Date of birth 19 October 1981 (1981-10-19) (age 29)
Formula One World Championship career
Races 71 (70 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 4
Career points 105
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 2
First race 2007 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix
Last win 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2010 position 20th (0 points)

Heikki Johannes Kovalainen[1] (born October 19, 1981 in Suomussalmi, Finland) is a Finnish Formula One racing driver who spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with British based team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. He drove for the new Lotus team for the 2010 campaign.

Contents

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1999 World Championship Formula A Tony Kart/Vortex/BS n/a 17th
Finnish Championship Formula A n/a 2nd
2000 World Championship Formula Super A Tony Kart/Vortex/BS n/a 3rd
European Championship Formula Super A 39 4th
Nordic Championship Formula A n/a 1st
Finnish Championship Formula A n/a 2nd
Paris-Bercy Elf Masters n/a 1st
2001 British Formula Renault Fortec Motorsport 13 2 2 243 4th
Formula Three Macau Grand Prix Fortec Motorsport 1 0 0 n/a 8th
2002 British Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 26 2 5 257 3rd
Formula Three Macau Grand Prix Fortec Motorsport 1 0 0 n/a 2nd
2003 World Series by Nissan Gabord Competicion 18 3 1 134 2nd
2004 World Series by Nissan Pons Racing 18 10 6 176 1st
2005 GP2 Series Arden International 23 2 5 105 2nd
2006 Formula One Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Test driver
2007 Formula One ING Renault F1 Team 17 0 0 30 7th
2008 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 18 1 1 53 7th
2009 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 17 0 0 22 12th
2010 Formula One Lotus Racing 19 0 0 0 20th

* Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Arden International SMR
FEA

1
SMR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

5
EUR
FEA
1
EUR
SPR
Ret
FRA
FEA
1
FRA
SPR
3
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

3
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

5
TUR
FEA

10
TUR
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

5
BEL
FEA

15
BEL
SPR

9
BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

Ret
2nd 105

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2007 ING Renault F1 Team Renault R27 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
10
MAL
8
BHR
9
ESP
7
MON
13
CAN
4
USA
5
FRA
15
GBR
7
EUR
8
HUN
8
TUR
6
ITA
7
BEL
8
JPN
2
CHN
9
BRA
Ret
7th 30
2008 Vodafone
McLaren Mercedes
McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes FO 108V 2.4 V8 AUS
5
MAL
3
BHR
5
ESP
Ret
TUR
12
MON
8
CAN
9
FRA
4
GBR
5
GER
5
HUN
1
EUR
4
BEL
10
ITA
2
SIN
10
JPN
Ret
CHN
Ret
BRA
7
7th 53
2009 Vodafone
McLaren Mercedes
McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
CHN
5
BHR
12
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
TUR
14
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
5
EUR
4
BEL
6
ITA
6
SIN
7
JPN
11
BRA
12
ABU
11
12th 22
2010 Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR
15
AUS
13
MAL
Ret
CHN
14
ESP
DNS
MON
Ret
TUR
Ret
CAN
16
EUR
Ret
GBR
17
GER
Ret
HUN
14
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* Season in progress.

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