Kovalainen admits that F1 career in bad shape
17 November, 2012
The Finn began the season as Caterham’s highly-respected number 1 driver.
“The papers [for 2013] were almost ready for the signatures,” he told the MTV3 broadcaster.
But Caterham has since fallen behind Marussia in the lucrative constructors’ championship, which could cost the Tony Fernandes-owned team millions in Concorde Agreement prize money.
“The situation has changed,” Kovalainen acknowledged. “Then, when [the 2013 deal] didn’t happen, some of the other teams with whom we had spoken were already locked out.
“It has left me in a bad gap at the moment,” he said.
Caterham is therefore considering pairing a couple of ‘pay-drivers’ next year, and Kovalainen said he is in no mind to start chasing potential sponsors.
“In the situation I’m in, I can’t do any more. It’s now up to the team to decide what they want to do,” he said.
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