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GP Week : Issue 58
followed him, took the GP2 championship to the wire only to lose out at the last hurdle, in the Finn’s case to Nico Rosberg. In 2006 he was taken on as a Renault F1 test driver, and promoted to the race team in 2007. He struggled for consistency, was slated both publically and privately by Team Principal and manager Flavio Briatore, and brought home one podium result after a fortuitous race in which he was beaten to the win, exactly as for Piquet, by Lewis Hamilton. At the end of the year he was dumped, and McLaren rubbed their hands together at the prospect of getting their hands on the driver that many from inside the GP2 paddock considered to be the finest talent that had passed through the category. Better even than Hamilton. And yet, in comparison to his new team-mate, Kovalainen failed to shine. Three podiums, one pole and one win in a season in which Hamilton