Why Kovalainen got the Lotus drive

Why Kovalainen got the Lotus drive

Reserve driver Davide Valsecchi was a stronger candidate than many make out, but EDD STRAW explains why Heikki Kovalainen's experience earned him the nod

At last year's United States Grand Prix, Heikki Kovalainen claimed one of the least enviable records in Formula 1 by notching up his 60th consecutive race without a point.

Eclipsing the record previously held by Piercarlo Ghinzani was no cause for celebration, especially as the writing was already on the wall for Kovalainen's future. Yet 12 months on he goes into the 2013 running of the race with a car eminently capable of ending his 61-start pointless streak, allowing the affable Finn to score for the first time since the 2009 Singapore GP.

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