Kovalainen claims unequal treatment at McLaren
I always wanted to hear Heikki's perspective on things and well it isn't much different from what I thought. In fact its like open secret I guess.
Seems like there is not point for any driver to go to mcLaren. If this is gonna be the norm from 2010 and onwards then I hope Kimi doesn't goes there, prolly goto WRC or whatever.
So I still hold onto my line that I'd like to see Heikki in some other team without pressures etc. I'd just want to see how he performs in some other team with a reasonably good car underneath him, with which he feels that he can perform and then see if really heikki is the most disappointing talent in F1 history. Well i'm not really a fan of this give but hey giving him another chance won't hurt.
If mcLaren really want to go with this 1 and 2 thingy then I'd say bring in Heidfeld. I wouldn't want to see Kimi's end of career like Alonso left and Heikki is crying now.
Heikki Kovalainen's answers in the original interview seem quite honest to me, but I don't think he's bitter or trying to attack his own team. The F1-Live.com just picked the juiciest parts from the answers and left out the questions altogether. Actually, the Finnish newspaper reporter was asking pretty provocative questions, obviously trying to make Kovalainen to take a defensive position and give answers that would make great headlines. And, to some degree, the reporter succeeded. I'll translate here the questions from the original newspaper interview: Question 1:
"During the current season you've gathered only half as much points as your team mate. So it seems rather useless to even ask if you're happy with your season?"Question 2:
"Is the problem in the driver or in the car?"Question 3:
"You say that you're a better driver now than in 2008. Yet, last year you won one Grand Prix, and this year you haven't even been on the podium?"Question 4:
"You have often blamed tyres for your failures. Are they really the only reason?"Question 5:
"A year ago you complained that your team mate Lewis Hamilton has always less fuel at the start of the race, and you were going to demand that this must change. Apparently nothing has changed?"Question 6:
"So you're the wingman in the team?"Question 7:
"Another sign that you've been made to play the second fiddle is that Lewis is always the first to get new parts for his car?"Question 8:
"But wouldn't it have been better for your career if you had complained in a loud voice?"Question 9:
"Do you already have a new manager to negotiate about your future options, now that Flavio Briatore has been banned forever from Formula One?"Question 10:
"How long can you wait?"Question 11:
"Do you still believe in your chances to continue at McLaren?"