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Heikki Johannes Kovalainen (born October 19, 1981 in Suomussalmi, Kainuu, Finland) is a Finnish Formula One motor racing driver who previously drove for Caterham-Renault and Lotus-Renault in 2013, having previously raced for Renault, McLaren and the Malaysian Lotus team (now Caterham). Kovalainen has driven in F1 from 2007 to 2013 and has achieved his one and only win at the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, while driving for McLaren-Mercedes. He is also the 100th driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix when he won it.

After a difficult season with McLaren in 2009, he was left without a drive after the 2009 World Champion Jenson Button signed for the team for the following season. On 14 December 2009, it was announced that he would be driving for the new Lotus team, alongside Jarno Trulli. Despite signing for Lotus and remaining with the team after its renaming to Caterham, he would never score any points again and was dropped at the end of 2012 in favour of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. He remained on good terms with Caterham, often doing free practice outings at various races during the 2013 season. In the last two races of the season, he replaced Lotus F1's Kimi Räikkönen for the final two races in the United States and Brazil, finishing 14th.

Kovalainen was without a drive in 2014, but even if he was linked as a test driver for Mercedes, it has not been officially confirmed by the team.

He is currently racing in the Japanese Super GT series.


Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
2004 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault Test Driver
2006 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault Test Driver
2007 ING Renault F1 Team Renault 30 7th Report
2008 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes 53 7th Report
2009 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes 22 12th Report
2010 Lotus Racing Lotus-Cosworth 0 20th Report
2011 Team Lotus Lotus-Renault 0 22nd Report
2012 Caterham F1 Team Caterham-Renault 0 22nd Report
2013 Caterham F1 Team Caterham-Renault Test Driver
Lotus F1 Team Lotus-Renault 0 21st Report

Note: The Lotus team driven from 2010 to 2011 was the Lotus Racing team. The Lotus from 2013 is the Lotus F1 team.

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 112
Starts 111
Pole Positions 1
Front Row Starts 5
Race Wins 1
Podiums 4
Fastest laps 2
Points 105
Laps Raced 5975
Distance Raced 30185.98 km
Races Led 12
Laps Led 42
Distance Led 207.036 km

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
12008 Hungarian Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos
2007 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Europe Flag of Hungary Flag of Turkey Flag of Italy Flag of Belgium Flag of Japan Flag of China Flag of Brazil 30 7th
10th 8th 9th 7th 13th 4th 5th 15th 7th 8th 8th 6th 7th 8th 2nd 9th Ret
2008 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Turkey Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Europe Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of China Flag of Brazil 53 7th
5th 3rd 5th Ret 12th 8th 9th 4th 5th 5th 1st 4th 10th 2nd 10th Ret Ret 7th
2009 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Turkey Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Europe Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 22 12th
Ret Ret
[1]
5th 12th Ret Ret 14th Ret 8th 5th 4th 6th 6th 7th 11th 12th 11th
2010 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Turkey Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 0 20th
15th 13th NC 14th DNS Ret Ret 16th Ret 17th Ret 14th 16th 18th 16th 12th 13th 18th 17th
2011 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Turkey Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of Brazil 0 22nd
C Ret 15th 16th 19th Ret 14th Ret 19th Ret 16th Ret 15th 13th 16th 18th 14th 14th 17th 16th
2012 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil 0 22nd
Ret 18th 23rd 17th 16th 13th 18th 14th 17th 19th 17th 17th 14th 15th 15th 17th 18th 13th 18th 14th
2013 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of South Korea Flag of Japan Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil 0 21st
TD TD TD TD TD 14th 14th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  1. Race stopped after 31/56 Laps. Half points awarded
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2008 Teams and Drivers
Teams FerrariBMW SauberRenaultWilliamsRed BullToyotaToro RossoHondaSuper AguriForce IndiaMcLaren
Engines MercedesRenaultFerrariBMWToyotaHonda
Race Drivers Räikkönen • 2 Massa • 3 Heidfeld • 4 Kubica • 5 Alonso • 6 Piquet, Jr • 7 Rosberg • 8 Nakajima • 9 Coulthard • 10 Webber • 11 Trulli • 12 Glock • 14 Bourdais • 15 Vettel • 16 Button • 17 Barrichello • 18 Sato • 19 Davidson • 20 Sutil • 21 Fisichella • 22 Hamilton • 23 Kovalainen
Other Drivers Badoer • Gené • Schumacher • Klien • Asmer • di Grassi • Grosjean • Yamamoto • Hülkenberg • Buemi • Kobayashi • Hartley • Wurz • Conway • Filippi • Liuzzi • Paffett • de la Rosa
2009 Teams and Drivers
Teams McLarenFerrariBMW SauberRenaultToyotaToro RossoRed BullWilliamsForce IndiaBrawn
Engines MercedesRenaultFerrariBMWToyota
Race Drivers Hamilton • 2 Kovalainen • 3 Massa • Badoer • 4 Räikkönen • 5 Kubica • 6 Heidfeld • 7 Alonso • 8 Piquet, Jr • 8 Grosjean • 9 Trulli • 10 Glock • 10 Kobayashi • 11 Bourdais • 11 Alguersuari • 12 Buemi • 14 Webber • 15 Vettel • 16 Rosberg • 17 Nakajima • 20 Sutil • 21/3 Fisichella • 21 Liuzzi • 22 Button • 23 Barrichello
Other Drivers Paffett • de la Rosa • Gené • Klien • di Grassi • Hartley • Coulthard • Hülkenberg • Davidson • Wurz
2010 Teams and Drivers
Teams McLarenMercedesRed BullFerrariWilliamsRenaultForce IndiaToro RossoLotusHRTBMW SauberVirgin
Engines MercedesRenaultFerrariCosworth
Race Drivers Button • 2 Hamilton • 3 Schumacher • 4 Rosberg • 5 Vettel • 6 Webber • 7 Massa • 8 Alonso • 9 Barrichello • 10 Hülkenberg • 11 Kubica • 12 Petrov • 14 Sutil • 15 Liuzzi • 16 Buemi • 17 Alguersuari • 18 Trulli • 19 Kovalainen • 20 Chandhok • 20/21 Yamamoto • 20 Klien • 21 Senna • 22 De la Rosa • 22 Heidfeld • 23 Kobayashi • 24 Glock • 25 Di Grassi
Other Drivers Paffett • Hartley • Ricciardo • Coulthard • Fisichella • Badoer • Gené • Bottas • Tung • D'Ambrosio • Charouz • Di Resta • Fauzy • Soucek • Razia
2011 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • McLaren • Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault • Williams • Force India • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Lotus • HRT • Virgin
Engines Renault • Mercedes • Ferrari • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Hamilton • 4 Button • 5 Alonso • 6 Massa • 7 Schumacher • 8 Rosberg • 9 Heidfeld • 9 Senna • 10 Petrov • 11 Barrichello • 12 Maldonado • 14 Sutil • 15 Di Resta • 16 Kobayashi • 17 Pérez • 17 De la Rosa • 18 Buemi • 19 Alguersuari • 20 Kovalainen • 21 Trulli • 21 Chandhok • 22 Karthikeyan • 22/23 Ricciardo • 23 Liuzzi • 24 Glock • 25 d'Ambrosio
Other Drivers Paffett • Fisichella • Bianchi • Gené • Davidson • Grosjean • Fauzy • Tung • Charouz • Bottas • Hülkenberg • Gutiérrez • Vergne • Razia • Valsecchi • Teixeira • Yamamoto • Wickens • Quaife-Hobbs
2012 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • McLaren • Ferrari • Mercedes • Lotus • Force India • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams • Caterham • HRT • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Button • 4 Hamilton • 5 Alonso • 6 Massa • 7 Schumacher • 8 Rosberg • 9 Räikkönen • 10 Grosjean • d'Ambrosio • 11 di Resta • 12 Hülkenberg • 14 Kobayashi • 15 Pérez • 16 Ricciardo • 17 Vergne • 18 Maldonado • 19 Senna • 20 Kovalainen • 21 Petrov • 22 de la Rosa • 23 Karthikeyan • 24 Glock • Pic
Other Drivers Buemi • Paffett • Turvey • Gené • Rigon • Fisichella • Bird • Hartley • Korjus • Bianchi • Daly • Guttiérrez • Bottas • Wolff • van der Garde • Rossi • González • Clos • Ma • Liuzzi • Chilton • de Villota
2013 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • Ferrari • McLaren • Lotus • Mercedes • Sauber • Force India • Williams • Toro Rosso • Caterham • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Alonso • 4 Massa • 5 Button • 6 Pérez • 7 Räikkönen • 7 Kovalainen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Rosberg • 10 Hamilton • 11 Hülkenberg • 12 Gutiérrez • 14 Di Resta • 15 Sutil • 16 Maldonado • 17 Bottas • 18 Vergne • 19 Ricciardo • 20 Pic • 21 Van der Garde • 22 Bianchi • 23 Chilton
Other Drivers Buemi • Félix da Costa • Sainz Jr. • Gené • De la Rosa • Rigon • Paffett • Turvey • Magnussen • d'Ambrosio • Prost • Valsecchi • Hartley • Bird • Frijns • Sato • Sirotkin • Rossiter • Calado • Wolff • Juncadella • Kyvat • Rossi • Ma • Stevens • Razia • González • Ellinas
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