Whitmarsh pushed for Marussia seat for Kovalainen

McLaren has a technical collaboration in place with Marussia.

Feb.7 (GMM) McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted to trying to keep Heikki Kovalainen on the F1 grid.

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren Chief Executive Officer with Adrian Fernandez, and Sergio Perez, McLaren
Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren Chief Executive Officer with Adrian Fernandez, and Sergio Perez, McLaren

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Finn Kovalainen, a McLaren driver in 2008 and 2009, has dropped out of Formula One after Caterham replaced him for the forthcoming season with heavily sponsored Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde.

Lewis Hamilton, Kovalainen's former teammate, said he thinks team bosses are "crazy" to have overlooked the highly rated 31-year-old in favour of pay-drivers.

At around the same time - just before Marussia announced Luiz Razia as Max Chilton's 2013 teammate - Whitmarsh said he made efforts to help Kovalainen to secure that seat.

"I spoke with Heikki on Tuesday, when I thought about trying to help him with regards to Marussia," he is quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper.

McLaren has a technical collaboration in place with Marussia.

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Series FORMULA 1
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Lewis Hamilton , Heikki Kovalainen , Giedo van der Garde , Sergio Perez , Luiz Razia , Max Chilton , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news
Tags caterham, chilton, hamilton, kovalainen, marussia, mclaren, razia, van der garde, whitmarsh