Heikki Kovalainen

Team: Team Lotus
Nationality: Finnish
Podiums: 4
Points: 105
GP entered: 98
World Championships: 0
Highest race finish: 1 (x1)
Highest grid position: 1 (x1)
Date of Birth: 19/10/1981
Place of Birth: Suomussalmi

2012 Results

GP Grid Race Pts.
Australia 18 Ret 0
Malaysia 24 18 0
China 18 23 0
Bahrain 16 17 0
Spain 19 16 0
Monaco 17 13 0
Canada 17 18 0
Europe 16 14 0
Great Britain * * *

Career History

Continues to impress – and outshine team mate Trulli – as pace of Lotus improves. Makes three Q3 appearances with a 13th at Monza his best race result. Finishes year 22nd overall.
Uncompetitive machinery but makes the best of new surroundings at Lotus. Often getting the car to the finish and consistently out-qualifying and out-racing team mate Trulli. 12th place at Suzuka, ensuring the team of a critical tenth place in constructors’ championship.
Struggles to match McLaren team mate Hamilton, with five DNFs. Only nine points from first ten races. As MP4-24 improves, so do results, with second on the grid and fourth place in Valencia. Twelfth overall, 27 points behind Hamilton.
Switches to McLaren where he overshadowed by team mate Lewis Hamilton. Takes his first fastest lap, his first pole position and his first Grand Prix win, en route to seventh in the
championship on 53 points.
Strong in the second half of the season, after a patchy start to his Formula One race career. Comfortably out-performing veteran Renault team mate Giancarlo Fisichella. Scores his maiden podium with second place in Japan.
Third driver for world champions Renault.
Finishes runner-up to Nico Rosberg in the inaugural GP2 series. Becomes Renault Formula One test driver.
World Series Nissan champion, six wins, nine poles and ten fastest laps.
Second in World Series Nissan. Also takes second in the Macau Grand Prix. Formula One tests with Renault and Minardi.
Rookie of the Year in British Formula Three series – third overall with five wins, three pole positions and three fastest laps. Displays strong form in international F3 events, with second place in the Macau Grand Prix  and fourth at the Marlboro Masters.
Debut season in single-seaters. Takes fourth overall in British Formula Renault championship to become Rookie of the Year, with two wins, two pole positions and three fastest laps.
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