Kovalainen becomes Caterham reserve
17 April 2013 – Heikki Kovalainen has returned to Caterham as a reserve driver, the team for which the Grand Prix winner contested the last three Formula 1 seasons. The Finn will take part in practice sessions at the upcoming Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix, aiding the Leafield-based outfit with the development of its CT03 chassis.
Having left the sport at the end of 2012 after growing frustrated with the lack of progress at Caterham, Kovalainen will now complete mileage "as part of a formal technical development role" to help the squad, currently headed by Charles Pic and rookie driver Giedo van der Garde, in its fight with key rivals Marussia.
"It's obviously great news that I'll be on track in Bahrain and Spain and I'm really looking forward to getting back to work and helping the team as much as I can," said Kovalainen. "I'll be taking part in the two FP1 sessions in Bahrain and Barcelona to give the team my input on the new parts we're bringing to those races, and I'll be working closely with the race drivers and the engineers on track and back at Leafield to help everyone get the most out of the new package.
"I'm physically ready to get back into the car and I know my experience can help give the team new ideas and options for directions to take on setup and strategy."
Kovalainen takes on the role previously held by Ma Qing Hua, who was in action during the first free practice session at Shanghai. The Chinese driver has also been replaced at the Caterham Racing GP2 squad by second reserve Alexander Rossi, with his position in the team and new racing plans to be defined in the near future.