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#496 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Denorth 16.11.2012 13:30

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Zitat von Kurski
Heikki Kovalainen confirmed Autosport interview than does not want to compete in the DTM series or sports cars, and he is not interested to act in the F1 test drive. Rally interested Kovalainen, but he admits that it is too difficult financial and competitive issues because of participate.



the guy who financially supports Novikov gave interview that it costs several millions euros to participate in WRC for one year. cheaper for the second year if the result is stable, but not much. So, it's not surprisingly that HEiki will think many, many times before going there.

#497 RE: Silly Season 2013 by miezicat 18.11.2012 19:38

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http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/form ... 45233.html

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The second Force India cockpit is the most desired seat in Formula 1. 13 drivers have asked the Indians. Auto Motor und Sport knows the list: Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi, Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna, Davide Valsecchi, Luiz Razia, Johnny Cecotto Jr., Rodolfo Gonzalez, Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve.

And Kimi Raikkonen if Lotus can't pay his salary for 2012. The Finn is for Lotus more expensive than expected, as his contract is based on world championship points. Apparently they have forgotten to put a limit on the bonus points. The team apparently assumed a maximum of 100 points. But Raikkonen has already 198 points after 18 races.


again this <img src=" title="hmm" /> how can they sign contract for next year if they don't have money anymore to pay for this year? <img src=" title="confused" />

and Villeneuve? <img src=" title="ha" />

#498 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Ragingjamaican 18.11.2012 19:43

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Well I think we can rule out Buemi and Kovalainen, simply as they don't have the funds.

The rest, two of them are highly unlikey, and stunned how one is even an option.

And who is Rodolfo Gonzalez?

#499 RE: Silly Season 2013 by claudie 18.11.2012 23:50

Zitat von miezicat
http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/formel-1/13-fahrer-fuer-ein-cockpit-wettlauf-um-den-zweiten-force-india-sitz-6145233.html

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The second Force India cockpit is the most desired seat in Formula 1. 13 drivers have asked the Indians. Auto Motor und Sport knows the list: Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi, Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna, Davide Valsecchi, Luiz Razia, Johnny Cecotto Jr., Rodolfo Gonzalez, Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve.

And Kimi Raikkonen if Lotus can't pay his salary for 2012. The Finn is for Lotus more expensive than expected, as his contract is based on world championship points. Apparently they have forgotten to put a limit on the bonus points. The team apparently assumed a maximum of 100 points. But Raikkonen has already 198 points after 18 races.


again this how can they sign contract for next year if they don't have money anymore to pay for this year?

and Villeneuve?




JV <img src=" title="giggle" />

Nah I think that this is BS from Lotus

#500 RE: Silly Season 2013 by YiNing 24.11.2012 09:46

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2012/11/24/f ... ndup-2411/

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Motor racing-Kovalainen rules out becoming a 'pay driver'
By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO | Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:25pm GMT

Nov 23 (Reuters) - Finland's Heikki Kovalainen, who faces an uncertain future at Caterham, has ruled out seeking sponsorship cash to keep him in Formula One.

"If it is the last race it's a shame but the situation is quite tricky for me," the former McLaren driver told reporters at the Brazilian Grand Prix before his team announced on Friday that Frenchman Charles Pic would be racing for them next season on a multi-year deal.

There was no mention in that statement of Kovalainen or his current Russian team mate Vitaly Petrov but at least one of the two will now have to leave with no other places available for anyone without substantial backing.

Petrov has brought some sponsors with him and, with Russia due to host the country's first grand prix in 2014, may be in the stronger position although he could also end up on the sidelines.

Force India and Marussia, who each have a seat to fill, have made clear that they expect whoever gets the nod to bring sponsorship with him as what is known in the sport as a 'pay driver'.

There are several potential candidates out there who might fit the bill, such as Germany's Adrian Sutil, Britain's Max Chilton and Indian Narain Karthikeyan.

Brazilian Bruno Senna, whose place at Williams looks uncertain, could also be in the mix.

"We are looking at other options...but even the other options require some money, teams asking for money, and I don't want to go that route," said Kovalainen.

"I told my management not to actively find money. I don't think it leads to anything. If you had a big backer like Santander, and they went with you to a team then that's a different thing.

"But to collect the money in a pot for one season, to me it doesn't really do anything," added the 31-year-old Finn.

Kovalainen, who is managed by IMG Worldwide, has spent three seasons at Caterham after two years with McLaren and one at Renault. He won the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix for McLaren.

The Finn said there had to be a clear plan to go forwards and paying for a seat at a mid-table team, at best, did not appeal to him.

"The situation, how it is now in Formula One, might not fit for me," he said. "Might not have room for me. There's nothing really I can do about it."

Caterham have yet to score a point in their three seasons and while Kovalainen has been a solid point of reference for them, his results are unlikely to attract much interest elsewhere.

Despite that, he was mentioned in some media speculation earlier in the year as a possible replacement for Brazilian Felipe Massa at Ferrari - mainly for his past at Renault alongside Fernando Alonso.

"I still have a good relationship with (owner) Tony (Fernandes) and everyone at the team so it could well be that I stay here," said Kovalainen.

"But just from my experience, I know how things are in Formula One and when things get late it's never a good sign. That's why I don't really push it too much at the moment."

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by John Mehaffey)

#501 RE: Silly Season 2013 by YiNing 24.11.2012 16:00

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Tobias Grüner F1 ‏@tgruener
#F1 Valtteri #Bottas has secured his seat at @WilliamsF1Team for 2013 AMuS has learned. @BSenna is out. Story: http://bit.ly/UCkM4N



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Tobias Grüner F1 ‏@tgruener
#F1 @vitalypetrovrus found new money in Russia. But @GvanderGarde still frontrunner for 2nd seat @MyCaterhamF1 Game over for @H_Kovalainen

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#502 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Sonny 24.11.2012 16:15

I saw an interview with Bottas after FP1 yesterday and he had a HUGE smile on his face when asked if he would be driving for Williams in 2013. It seemed pretty obvious to me he knew his fate. But couldn't release it to the media..

There's a great article on Bottas in F1 Racing UK (December edition). I'm looking forward to seeing him race! Another <img src=" title="suomi" /> on the grid.

#503 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Kriss 26.11.2012 19:39

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Oskari Saari ‏@OskariSaari

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Kovalainen-Lotus? Tuntuu kiinnostavan teistä monia. Tässä totuus: http://mtv3.mobi/uutiset/urheilu/f1/2012/11/1663919



Oskari Saari ‏@OskariSaari

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Long story short: Heikki talking to Lotus. Still: GRO most likely option.



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#504 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Suomileijona 26.11.2012 20:32

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Oskari Saari ‏@OskariSaari

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Kovalainen-Lotus? Tuntuu kiinnostavan teistä monia. Tässä totuus: http://mtv3.mobi/uutiset/urheilu/f1/2012/11/1663919



Oskari Saari ‏@OskariSaari

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Long story short: Heikki talking to Lotus. Still: GRO most likely option.




Please, please!! <img src=" title="pray" /> <img src=" title="pray" />

Mtv3 is going to tell "something" about Bottas today at about 22.25 (UTC +2 hours). <img src=t" title="hat" /> They say that the official announcement will be on Wednesday.

#505 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Denorth 27.11.2012 11:36

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in accordance to the latest info, Petrov has got the support from 'Russian Helicopters' for another year in Caterham. It doesn't mean that he's got a contract automatically though. There is some competition from other candidates (kind of 'whose purse is bigger')

This means that Heikki is almost guaranteed to lose place there (but we all kinda knew that)

#506 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Suomileijona 27.11.2012 13:14

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in accordance to the latest info, Petrov has got the support from 'Russian Helicopters' for another year in Caterham. It doesn't mean that he's got a contract automatically though. There is some competition from other candidates (kind of 'whose purse is bigger')

This means that Heikki is almost guaranteed to lose place there (but we all kinda knew that)



OK. Let's wait and see. I want Heikki at Lotus, though.

#507 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Denorth 27.11.2012 13:23

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and Lopez wants Grosjean in accordance to radio interview with radio RMC Sport. He sais soemthing like 'I want him to stay, but need to talk to engineers. Decision depends not on me only'

I might be reading into lines but can it be that if his (Grosjean) input in a car was non-productive during the year, then he might be kicked out?


EDIT: just read your post in other thread, Suomileijona. Mine is a rough 'backwards translation' of the original interview (via Russian version)

#508 RE: Silly Season 2013 by WHATEVER 27.11.2012 14:26

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If Lopez asks also the mechanics who had to reconstruct Gro's car endless times this year, I think Heikki has a good chance <img src=h" title="hih" />

#509 RE: Silly Season 2013 by YiNing 28.11.2012 14:06

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ESPN F1 ‏@ESPNF1
Sir Frank Williams on why his team picked Valtteri Bottas to line up alongside Pastor Maldonado in 2013 - http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/96644.html


Congrats to Botas <img src=" title="greetings" />

#510 RE: Silly Season 2013 by Olga 28.11.2012 15:58

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F1 : Finnish broadcaster suggests Kovalainen may get Lotus Formula 1 race drive E-mail
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:41
[Kovalainen]

Kovalainen
Report - Kovalainen could replace Grosjean at Lotus - Heikki Kovalainen is a candidate to replace the fast but inconsistent Romain Grosjean at the Lotus Formula One team, the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 reports.

The highly rated Finn Kovalainen is on the market because Caterham F1 is reportedly considering signing the highly sponsored pay driver Giedo van der Garde.

However, MTV acknowledged that Frenchman Grosjean, despite Lotus' deliberations and the 26 year old's numerous incidents in 2012, is "more likely" than Kovalainen to line up alongside Kimi Raikkonen next season.

But Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport said there is truth behind reports Lotus is seriously considering ousting Grosjean.

"Many suspect that Gerard Lopez will persuade Grosjean's sponsor Total to spend more money," read the report by correspondents Tobias Grunen and Michael Schmidt.

"But even Total has a problem with this protege. The French oil company has a safety campaign for public roads, and the face of a 'crash driver' doesn't fit."

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