Now Kovalainen wants to go rallying

Monday 22-February-2010 05:11

Heikki Kovalainen is the latest Formula One driver to express an interesting in trying his hand at the World Rally Championship.

With former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen having swapped to rallying this season and Robert Kubica competing in the Monte Carlo rally, Kovalainen says he too wouldn't mind a bash.

In fact, the Lotus driver was offered a chance at the recent Arctic Rally but turned it down. But that doesn't mean he won't say no to the next opportunity.

"I had a few offers, a few cars that I could've run there. Some really competitive cars," he told Autosport. "But it would've taken a long time. Just to go there and do the recce and then the rally, I felt I would not have been good enough.

"I needed a week, I wanted to do good testing. Two weeks at this stage with a new team would've been wrong. Everybody [at Lotus] working in the UK and me doing two weeks of rallying at home, it wouldn't have been right.

"So I decided not to do it. Maybe in the future - let's see in the summer or next winter what the possibilities are. But if and when I do it, I want to do it properly and see what I can get out of it."

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