Heikki: Who knows about the future

Date published: August 15 2011

Heikki Kovalainen says he isn’t yet thinking about his future but does believe that Team Lotus are moving in the right direction…

Heikki Kovalainen says he isn’t yet thinking about his future but does believe that Team Lotus are moving in the right direction.

Kovalainen joined Team Lotus at the start of last year’s Championship, helping the team secure the position of best of the newcomers.

And even though they have yet to achieve this year’s target of scoring a World Championship point, the Finn insists he is happy where he is but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to commit to the future.

“Who knows about the future. I haven’t thought about it that much,” Kovalainen told Autosport.

“I’m very happy here. I think it works very well for me here. I think I’m getting more out of the team and the car than I’ve done in the past. I have no issues here.

“At the moment I haven’t thought about the future at all. We just develop this team now and we wait and see, and then see what the future brings, but at the moment I’m happy here.”

As for Team Lotus’s progress, Kovalainen is expecting a better season next season after the team signed a deal to use Renault engines and Red Bull gearboxes.

“I think in terms of power the Cosworth engine is quite powerful. Last year it was not just a question of power. The experience that Renault has is completely different. I think it was necessary for us to take that step.

“And for next year we’ll fit the KERS that has been in the Renault engines before, and the gearbox that we have from Red Bull. So this is one of the reasons why the Renault engine was very, very important for us.

“The service that we get from them is excellent. The quality of the engine… the degradation of the engine is very, very low. Just generally the package the we get from them I think is the kind of package that we needed for this year.”