Kovalainen and IMG part company
The Finn is currently seeking a return to Formula 1 in 2014 after being dropped by Caterham at the end of 2012 in favour of Charles Pic. Kovalainen lacks the financial backing of his rival drivers, one of the reasons why he was dropped by Caterham after a three-year stint at the team, and has refused to change his ways in a bid to return to the grid.
He has since returned to the Leafield based squad in a development driver role, driving the CT03 during free practice for the Bahrain and Spanish Grand Prix’s. He is continuing to put together a package that will allow him to make a return to the grid next season but he is now free from the support of IMG after he parted ways with the company.
Speaking to SPEEDTV, Kovalainen said: “I’m not with IMG anymore, I can confirm that, but I’ve agreed not to talk about it any further than that.
“I’m working on my own now, but right now there are no discussions with anybody else. I’m just focusing on working with Caterham and trying to help the team to move forward this year.”
Kovalainen made his Formula 1 debut back in 2007 with the Renault team, taking the place of double world champion Fernando Alonso. When the Spaniard decided to leave McLaren and return to the French team, Kovalainen made a direct swap with him and moved to Woking based McLaren. He drove for the iconic team in 2008 and 2009 before being ousted for 2009 world champion Jenson Button. He landed a seat at Caterham, previously known as Lotus Racing and Team Lotus, before being dropped in favour of Charles Pic for this season.
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