Kovalainen edging closer to F1 return?

Heikki Kovalainen is closing in on a return to Formula One with the Caterham team, well-connected Finnish paper Turun Sanomat newspaper reports.World © Octane Photographic Ltd.

The Finn last raced for the Leafield based team last season before being replaced by Charles Pic and rookie Giedo van der Garde. It’s the latter’s race seat that is reportedly being questioned.

Kovalainen returned to the cockpit for Bahrain and Spain’s FP1 sessions to help Caterham develop the car and make crucial improvements. He felt that the car had made a step back and was difficult to drive.

The 31-year-old previously raced for Renault before moving to McLaren. In 2010 he joined the Caterham team after Jenson Button displaced him at the Woking based squad.

Kovalainen said in the Silverstone paddock: “Nothing has been agreed, so do not try to guess.

“But I am ready to go in all respects, and yes I would rather be here to be racing than not,”

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