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A profile of Lotus Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen

Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen
Kovalainen was a success in his first season with Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen 2010 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:32 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Bahrain GP 14 Mar 2010 21 15 0 0
Australian GP 28 Mar 2010 19 13 0 0
Malaysian GP 4 Apr 2010 15 18 0 0
Chinese GP 18 Apr 2010 21 14 0 0
Spanish GP 9 May 2010 20 24 0 0
Monaco GP 16 May 2010 18 16 0 0
Turkish GP 30 May 2010 20 23 0 0
Canadian Grand Prix 13 Jun 2010 19 16 0 0
European GP 27 Jun 2010 20 23 0 0
British GP 11 Jul 2010 18 17 0 0
German GP 25 Jul 2010 18 20 0 0
Hungarian GP 1 Aug 2010 19 14 0 0
Belgian GP 29 Aug 2010 13 16 0 0
Italian GP 12 Sep 2010 18 18 0 0
Singapore GP 26 Sep 2010 19 16 0 0
Japanese GP 10 Oct 2010 20 12 0 0
Korean Grand Prix 24 Oct 2010 21 13 0 0
Brazilian GP 7 Nov 2010 20 18 0 0
Abu Dhabi GP 14 Nov 2010 20 17 0 0

"Heikki Kovalainen has been the star of the 'B-Class' in 2010.

"He struggled under the pressure alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2008 and 2009 but that is now off his shoulders.

"The Finn has looked a new man for new boys Lotus. He is massively fit and focused and his attitude and approach have been exemplary.

"His infectious enthusiasm has done well for the team and hopefully his patience will be rewarded by a much more competitive car next year."


What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
Intense, busy and rewarding.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
Certainly driving these fast cars.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As a true fighter, never giving up and fighting until the end.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
Luckily there wasn't a big audience, but I crashed a GP2 car into a pit wall at a test coming out of a garage.

It was rather embarrassing. It was the morning and I was going for my first run. The weather was quite cold and the tyres were cool, but still I was already by that time an experienced driver and I shouldn't have shunted into the wall and taken a corner off.

Who is the worst dressed Formula 1 driver?
Probably myself as I'm not into fashion at all!

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?
Senna. He was a true fighter and impressive when he drove.

Spa or Monaco?
Spa for me, it has better flow.

Previous teams: Renault, McLaren
Nationality: Finnish
Born: 19/10/1981, Suomussalmi
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2007

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

I would probably be involved in flying either a helicopter or a fixed wing. I'm quite into flying.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
This is a tricky one. There are a lot of great sportsmen and I think it's impossible to pick anyone.

What would be your perfect day off?
I think being somewhere near the place where I was born in north Finland somewhere with my friends. By the lake maybe, somewhere quiet and calm, by the fire just to chill out would be top of the list.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Same answer, north Finland where I was been born - either in the summer or winter.

Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?
I've never owned a car or any bikes or any Ski-doos or anything like that - so it will have to be my house.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
I'm not really into clothes but I quite often wear jeans and I try to look for different pairs when I'm out.

What is your favourite music to drive to?
The Finnish band called Nightwish.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
Again this is quite difficult but I'd like to meet one of the guys who acted as James Bond.

All the guys - Sean Connery, Roger Moore - one of those guys would be nice.

I'm quite into James Bond movies even though it sounds quite sad, I've watched them all over again and it'd be good to meet one of those guys.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
Well many people say I'm always smiling and happy and open but they must have missed something because there are moments when I'm quite angry and quite opposite.

So if they see me ever like that they should not get the wrong idea, it is normal for me to be like that actually.


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