Valsecchi: It’s a huge blow to lose out to Kovalainen who is not a great champion
15 November, 2013
Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi could not hide is anger and disappointment at not being chosen by Lotus to fill in for injured Kimi Raikkonen, as the team opted to bank on the experience of Heikki Kovalainen instead.
Speaking to Italian media in Texas, Valsecchi angrily declared, “It’s a huge blow to me. From the sporting point of view it’s a tragedy. It makes me angry to have lost the battle with Kovalainen who is not a great champion, not even an active driver; his last results were five years ago.”
“If they had taken Hulkenberg I could have understood, even Maldonado, but this…I was sure that from the point of view of motivation and desire to achieve, the team would have taken me and I would have been right up there.”
“Perhaps I lack experience but what chance do you have to gain any? Nevertheless, things change quickly in F1, so I won’t give up and I will be ready if they need me in Brazil.”
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier explained, “We found ourselves facing a difficult decision in terms of who should take the wheel in Austin and São Paulo. On the one hand we had our reserve driver Davide Valsecchi – who is a talented young driver that has shown a great deal of promise – and on the other we had the opportunity to bring in a seasoned Formula 1 competitor in Heikki.”
“Whilst we have every faith in Davide’s abilities, we are obviously involved in a tight Constructors’ Championship battle, so it was decided that the experience Heikki could bring to the team would be invaluable,” added Boullier.
Valsecchi is the 2012 GP2 Series Champion and was appointed team reserve driver by Lotus at the start of the season. He tested for the E21 at Silverstone in July this year, and got his first taste of driving for Lotus at the Young Drivers Test in Abu Dhabi last year. (GP247)
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