Kovalainen hopes new role leads to more
18 April 2013 – Heikki Kovalainen is hoping that his new Caterham reserve role will put him in a much stronger position to land a full-time return in the future, with the Finn set for Friday practice outings at the upcoming Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix.
Although the 31-year-old admits that he has no race plans at present, he believes further track time will only encourage outfits to look more seriously at his capabilities.
"There are no plans to race at the moment," Kovalainen explained. "The plan at the moment is for me to drive on Fridays to help the team as much as I can. I want to race in the future and being here puts me in a better position if there is ever going to be a race drive available here or somewhere else, so that's good for me."
Kovalainen says a reserve role was first mooted many weeks ago, but it was only when the season started that talks with founder Tony Fernandes gathered pace.
"We talked about it for the first time a long time ago, but at the very beginning I wasn't interested in this kind of role," said Kovalainen. "But when you are sitting at home for a couple of months looking at others driving, it makes you think you could have a go.
"Just before Malaysia, I had a chat with Tony and asked if he thought I could still do something for the team and he said 'sure'. It came together relatively quickly."