According to Caterham F1’s Heikki Kovalainen, Marussia’s current 10th-place in the championship could cost him his ride in 2013. The issue, according to the FIA website, is that the team is possibly looking for a pay-driver to replace Heikki should they fail to secure 10th place (which brings serious cash dividends to the team from the sport’s commercial rights holder).
“My target and my focus are on each race weekend. For our team it’s quite important that we try to regain that 10th position back from Marussia,” he said. “It’s not going to be easy but I think we have to do whatever it takes to be in a position to do that if a freak race happens again. The team has to keep pushing to get that 10th position back, it’s quite crucial.”
Rumors have current reserve driver Giedo van der Garde and Marussia’s Charles Pic are possible options for the team and can bring significant cash resources with them to purchase the ride. Kovalainen is not (the the best of my knowledge) a pay-to-drive guy, or at least hasn’t been since signing with McLaren and Caterham F1 in the Formula One series. His future is uncertain with just a few races left int eh 2012 season:
“Regarding the future with the team and with Tony, we haven’t decided yet. I think Tony knows what he gets with me but then he’s evaluating other options to see what he wants to do, and I’m waiting. In the meantime, of course, my management is also working.”
The Silly Season didn’t end with the signing of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa but it did start closing doors as well as stepped up the pace of driver moves. Could Pic and Kovalainen swap rides? Could Hekki be looking for another seat at Force India or Williams F1? What do you think about Kovalainen’s prospects in 2013?