Kovalainen could replace Grosjean at Lotus - report

Nov.28 (GMM) Heikki Kovalainen is a candidate to replace the fast but inconsistent Romain Grosjean at Lotus, the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 reports.

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

Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team and Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham F1 Team
Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team and Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham F1 Team

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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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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Heikki Kovalainen , Giedo van der Garde , Romain Grosjean , Gerard Lopez , Michael Schmidt
Teams Lotus F1 Team , Caterham F1
Article type Rumor
Tags caterham, grosjean, kovalainen, lopez, lotus