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Kovalainen to stay at McLaren for 2009 31 Jul 2008

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 31 July 2008 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4/23 running new nose horn wings. Formula One Testing, Day Four, Jerez, Spain, 25 July 2008.

McLaren have revealed on Thursday that Heikki Kovalainen will drive for the British squad next season. Kovalainen, who is currently preparing for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, will continue to race alongside team mate Lewis Hamilton.

The Finn replaced Fernando Alonso at McLaren for the 2008 season after making his debut with Renault the year before. To date he has scored 28 points for the British team and clinched his only podium of the season so far after finishing March’s Malaysian Grand Prix in third.

The 26 year-old is currently sixth in the driver standings, 30 points adrift of team mate Hamilton, who leads the championship.