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Caterham interested to hold Kovalainen in a different role



Caterham’s regular drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov forced out from the new season drivers line-up following the team pick Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde for this coming season.

At the start of the 2010 Formula 1 season, former Renault and McLaren driver Kovalainen joined with start-up of Caterham (formerly known Lotus Racing team).

Caterham team boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted that that their alliance with Heikki Kovalainen became damaged as a result of their stoppage to deliver on promises made to the Finn.

“Heikki had a particular career but I think it was interesting for us to think about the future, about people with lots of energy and appetite for something new. Sometimes you also have to see the reality, when you are at the end or reaching the end,” Frenchman told Sky Sports.

“I think it was on both sides to be honest,” he said of the decision to separation.

“You made reference to one comment that someone else made of an expectation at Caterham to be able to score points and to deliver a good car. Let’s be honest: I think we disappointed our drivers. We almost let them down, in the sense that we under-delivered in comparison to the promise we made to them.

“And you can do that once, twice…with Heikki, I’m not saying we did that for three years but this relationship has been going on for three years and this sort of thing damages relationships.

“At a certain point at the end of last season, maybe there was not the sort of trust and confidence and respect – on both sides, to be honest – that you should be counting on for the continued development of both the team and the driver.

“Of course (Kovalainen) wasn’t happy with the progress. No-one was happy – the shareholders are not happy with the progress. So it’s about making sure we do better than that.” He added.
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