Heikki Kovalainen Joins Lewis Hamilton At McLaren

December 16th, 2007

Heikki Kovalainen is going to be Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate at the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team for the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship.

Heikki Kovalainen who previously raced for Renault has done a seat swap with Fernando Alonso to join McLaren with a long term contract.

I think Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton are going to be a great team for the coming seasons – best of luck to them!

Here’s what Heikki Kovalainen had to say:

I am so excited to join a team like Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. So far I have been blown away by the dedication and commitment to winning, which is clear through the entire organisation, and I am really excited about our joint future.

As a Finn it’s an honour for me to follow in Mika and Kimi’s footsteps. I haven’t really spent a lot of time with Lewis so far but from what I know I think we will work well together and do our best for the team. I am really looking forward to 2008 and working with Heikki as my team-mate. Together with the team we will do everything we can to ensure that our championship challenge is as strong and focused as possible.

My first year in Formula 1 was incredible and I was so fortunate to spend it with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and I hope that Heikki will enjoy his first year with the team as much as I did mine.



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