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GP Week : Issue 196
Heikki Kovalainen’s brief cameo with Lotus ended without a point after the Finn followed up a disappointing race in the us with another pointless outing in sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Kovalainen had been drafted in at the very last minute to stand in for Kimi Raikkonen, who opted to skip the last two races of the year to have back surgery, with the team choosing not to take up the services of reserve driver Davide Valsecchi as they wanted an experienced driver who could score points and help the Enstone-based outfit challenge for third in the constructors’ standings. However, while his race in Austin was hampered by an extra pit stop for a new front wing and issues with KERS, the one-time grand prix winner just didn’t have the pace on Sunday to make it into the points and spent most of his afternoon racing his former backmarker team Caterham. “I’m upset that I was not able to score any points for [Lotus] today,” Kovalainen said, taking responsibility for his poor 14th-place finish. “I think the car is great, but I was not able to unlock the pace and make the most of it. I made some mistakes – probably through lack of routine – but I was anticipating it would be easier to come back and race competitively. “My starts both here and in Austin were really poor, with procedural issues both times meaning I wasn’t able to keep pace with everyone off the line. That was disappointing as it’s such a big part of the race and it’s very difficult to recover positions.” Kovalainen’s cameo was effectively also an audition, as the 32-year-old bids to get back into a race seat next year after having lost his Caterham drive this season because of a lack of sponsorship funding. Although he had been linked with a return to a Caterham race-seat for 2014, his performances in Austin and Interlagos are unlikely to have done him any favours. “It was always going to be difficult for Heikki to climb back into the points,” Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane said. “We’re nonetheless disappointed to come away from this weekend with nothing on the board.” Heikki's curtain-call? 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BRAZIL