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A profile of Lotus Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen
Kovalainen is still searching for his first point for Team Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 19 19 0 0
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 19 15 0 0
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 19 16 0 0
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 18 19 0 0
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 15 23 0 0
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 18 14 0 0
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 19 23 0 0
European GP 26 Jun 2011 19 19 0 0
British GP 10 Jul 2011 17 24 0 0
German GP 24 Jul 2011 19 16 0 0
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 18 21 0 0
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 16 15 0 0
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 20 13 0 0
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 19 16 0 0
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 18 18 0 0
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 19 14 0 0
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 18 14 0 0
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 17 17 0 0
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 19 16 0 0

"Heikki Kovalainen was a source of energy and motivation for Team Lotus even through their darkest moments last year and in 2011 he has delivered again within the scope of the car's performance.

"Making it into final qualifying three times, he has also passed more than 30 cars on the first lap through the season.

"Without Kers power-boost, because Team Lotus do not have the system on their car, and a highly developed blown exhaust system, he's done the best he could."


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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