Hamilton says F1 team bosses fools to ignore Kovalainen

5 February, 2013

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton on Monday branded F1 team bosses fools for overlooking Heikki Kovalainen for a 2013 race seat.

Caterham has swept out last year’s driver lineup – Finn Kovalainen and Russian Vitaly Petrov – in favour of the well-sponsored Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.

When asked about the demise of his former McLaren teammate, Hamilton said on Monday: “When my flight landed and I was driving to Jerez, I thought about what a great pity it is that Heikki is not here.

“When I think about the drivers that are here, they (team management) must be fools if they prefer them over Heikki,” he is quoted by the Finnish website mtv3.fi.

“I think Heikki is a high quality driver, very experienced and deserves a place,” the 2008 world champion added.


  • JodyRenza

    Must agree with Lewis…it’s sad that money comes before talent.Maybe that’s why the back 6 teams run where they belong!!!!

  • AAX

    I still cannot get over the line-up at Caterham- 2 total anonymous rookies (Even Pic) – If it’s money they wanted Senna and Kobayashi could have done a fantastic job and brought in sponsors.

  • D.R.S

    Its unfair but that’s how this world operates. For the bottom half of the grid, they need money to develop their cars. Not enough sponsorhips means they wanna extract the commercial aspect of their drivers. Naturally, the more commercial possibilities a driver has, the more are their chances to line up on the grid.
    It is a shame but that is what the modern monetary system in this world has put us. F1 is just an example of how this system can ruin something.

  • fawx

    bring in good drivers to bring good results.
    and sponsors will come looking for you. BY THEMSELVES.

  • Nowhereman

    The drivers without a ride who are good need to boot their agents in the rear end real hard.
    Their job is to get promo money for the drivers.
    Every company that is interested in F1 wants to be with the big boys but, cannot afford it.
    Start small and learn.
    Agents get your rears in gear.

  • Araqiel

    Lewis is I’m sure referring largely to van der Garde, who has been funded by family money and who Hamilton and Vettel raced against in Formula 3 all the way back in 2005. The fact that he’s still driving junior formulas and achieving average – but never either truly dominant or hugely consistent – results up to last season (7th/5th/6th in GP2 in 10/11/12 respectively) and buying his way into F1 now speaks a lot for his abilities.

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