Kovalainen Unhappy with Performance at McLaren

Heikki Kovalainen may have been the perfect colleague for Lewis Hamilton back at McLaren Mercedes – the Brit actually praised the wonderful person and friend that he found in Heikki – but he plans to change all that at Lotus. Now that he can actually benefit from equal status within the drivers' lineup, the Finn wants to prove everybody that he is a better racer than what people make of him.

I don't really care what people think,” said Kovalainen, according to British tabloid The Sun, referring to critics that opinionated his career in F1 is close to being over already.

After leaving Renault for a place alongside Hamilton at McLaren, everyone expected the Finn to boost his performances in the series. Although he indeed became a Grand Prix winner in his 2-year stint at Woking, Kovalainen was often outpaced by his teammate and never quite managed to score good results in the race.

In fact, good qualifying positioning and poor results during the race were seen as his two major characteristics while at McLaren. When asked about it, the 28-year old racer insisted that this is not something that defines him, but only a problem related to his staying at McLaren.

I don't think there are any areas I particularly need to improve. Some people think I'm a good qualifier and not such a good racer, but that has only been while I was at McLaren. If you look at my time at Renault in 2007, the race performances were actually very strong,” added Kovalainen.

The Finn will partner veteran Jarno Trulli at Lotus, a team that aims to become the best of the newly entrants for the 2010 season of Formula One. According to a recent interview given by the Italian driver, the Malaysian/British team has a better potential for performance as compared to the former Toyota F1 outfit, despite the fewer money to tackle an F1 campaign.
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