Kovalainen Likely To Stay At Team Lotus - Fernandes

By: GMM

Heikki Kovalainen appears likely to stay with Team Lotus in 2012.

Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, Team Lotus

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When asked at Silverstone if he has thought about the green liveried team's 2012 driver lineup, owner and boss Tony Fernandes answered: "No we haven't, it's still very early days."

But the Malaysian millionaire opened up some more to the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

Asked how likely a new deal for Finn Kovalainen is, Fernandes answered: "It is very likely.

"Heikki is a consistent performer and always gets 100 per cent from the car. He gives a lot of energy to the team.

"Heikki has become a good friend, so if he is satisfied with us, I see no reason to change."

Turun Sanomat also asked Fernandes if Kovalainen is as popular within Team Lotus as Fernando Alonso is at Ferrari.

"Yes, definitely -- although I don't know exactly how popular Fernando is at Ferrari," he laughed.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Ferrari , Team Lotus
Tags fernandes, kovalainen, team lotus