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Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen Heikki Kovalainen
Team Caterham
Nationality Finnish
Podiums 4
Points 105
Grand Prix entered 110
World Championships 0
Highest race finish 1 (x1)
Highest grid position 1 (x1)
Date of Birth 19/10/1981
Place of Birth Suomussalmi
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham CT01.
Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day Three, 3 May 2012


A slow start to the year, but updates to Caterham's CT01 bring steady improvement, with 13th place finishes in Monaco and Abu Dhabi the highlights of another challenging season for the former race winner. Struggles to assert himself over team mate Petrov.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Team Lotus.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 30 July 2011


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.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus T127.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 2 April 2010


Despite uncompetitive machinery, makes best of new surroundings at Lotus, often getting the car to the finish and consistently out-qualifying and out-racing team mate Trulli. Scores 12th place at Suzuka, ensuring the team of critical tenth place in constructors' championship.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4/24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 26 July 2009


Struggles to match McLaren team mate Hamilton with five DNFs and nine points from first ten races. As MP4-24 improves, so do results, with second on the grid and fourth place in Valencia a highlight. Twelfth overall in standings, 27 points behind Hamilton.

Race winner Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 3 August 2008


Switches to McLaren where he is largely overshadowed by team mate Lewis Hamilton. Nevertheless, 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.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault R27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 15 September 2007


After a patchy start to his Formula One race career, comes on strong in the second half of the season, comfortably out-pointing veteran Renault team mate Giancarlo Fisichella and scoring his maiden podium with an impressive second place in Japan.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault R26 Formula One Testing, Day 1, Jerez, Spain. 6 December 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton.


Official third driver for world champions Renault.

Race winner Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Arden International celebrates in parc ferme. GP2, Rd 1, Race One, Imola, Italy, 23 April 2005. World © Capilitan/Sutton


Finishes runner-up to Nico Rosberg in the inaugural GP2 series. Official Renault Formula One test driver.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Pons Racing. World Series By Nissan, Rd5 & Rd6, Magny Cours, France, 23 May 2004. World © Sutton


World Series by Nissan champion, with six wins, nine poles and 10 fastest laps. Joins Renault Formula One team as official test driver.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Gabord Competition. Superfund World Series by Nissan, Eurospeedway, Lausitz, Germany, 19-20 July 2003. World © Capilitan/Sutton


Second overall in World Series by Nissan. Also takes second place in the Macau Grand Prix. Formula One tests with Renault and Minardi.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Fortec Motorsport celebrates by swinging on the podium banner. British Formula Three Championship, Thruxton, England, 15 September 2002. World © CAPILITAN/Sutton


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.

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) 48th Formula Three Macau Grand Prix Qualifying 14 - 18 November 2001, Guia Circuit, Macau. World © MOY/SUTTON


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.