32 Facts About Heikki Kovalainen

1. Heikki Kovalainen crossed the line out of control, and Priaulx pipped him.

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2. Heikki Kovalainen beat Vettel in the individual race, before crashing on the finish line in the next round against Andy Priaulx.

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3. Heikki Kovalainen won the Nations Cup with Gronholm in 2006, but was eliminated in the individual event at the semi-final stage by Mattias Ekstrom by a mere 0.0002 seconds.

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4. Heikki Kovalainen competed in the 2004 Race of Champions at the Stade de France in Paris.

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5. In India, Heikki Kovalainen finished 14th again, running as high as tenth place during the race.

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6. Heikki Kovalainen finished on the lead lap, in 18th place at the Japanese Grand Prix, and finished ahead of the Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez in Korea, in 14th place.

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7. Heikki Kovalainen finished 16th at the German Grand Prix, before another retirement due to a water leak in Hungary.

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8. Heikki Kovalainen finished 14th in Monaco and 19th at the European Grand Prix, with further retirements in Canada and Great Britain.

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9. Heikki Kovalainen finished 19th in Turkey and crashed out in Spain, having started from 15th on the grid, outqualifying the Force Indias of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

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10. Heikki Kovalainen recovered to the pits but retired from the race.

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11. Heikki Kovalainen retired in Monaco with steering problems, and in Turkey with hydraulic problems.

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12. At the French Grand Prix Heikki Kovalainen started tenth on the grid, after being docked five places for blocking Mark Webber in qualifying, and finished the race in fourth.

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13. Heikki Kovalainen was then taken by helicopter to a Barcelona area hospital for further tests.

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14. At the Spanish Grand Prix, Heikki Kovalainen had just taken the lead, when his front-left tyre suddenly deflated and his car crashed into the tyre wall on lap 22.

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15. Heikki Kovalainen finished the race third as Hamilton faced problems in the pits, and Ferrari's Felipe Massa retired due to a spin.

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16. Heikki Kovalainen had to pit for repairs and eventually finished 15th.

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17. Heikki Kovalainen was pulling away from the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages, which was a real confidence booster for the team.

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18. Heikki Kovalainen had luck with the strategy and the Safety Car, and a podium was within his grasp, but he could not find a way past Alexander Wurz of Williams, who had started towards the rear of the pack.

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19. Heikki Kovalainen made his race debut at the Australian Grand Prix.

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20. Heikki Kovalainen tested for Minardi, but Renault made him second test driver alongside Montagny for 2004.

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21. In 2005, Heikki Kovalainen entered the GP2 Series, the new 'feeder' series for F1 and the successor to Formula 3000.

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22. Heikki Kovalainen moved into the Renault-owned World Series by Nissan in 2003—but faced a tough teammate at the Gabord team in Franck Montagny.

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23. Heikki Kovalainen demonstrated strong form in the international non-championship rounds, with second place in Macau and fourth place at the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort.

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24. Heikki Kovalainen attracted the support of the Renault Driver Development programme and in 2002 moved up to the British Formula 3 Championship with Fortec Motorsport who used Renault engines.

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25. Heikki Kovalainen took part in the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix, where he finished eighth.

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26. Heikki Kovalainen finished fourth in the championship with two wins, two pole positions, five podiums and three fastest laps, earning the Rookie of the Year award.

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27. Heikki Kovalainen began his car racing career in the British Formula Renault Championship, which fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen had won in 2000 before moving straight into Formula One with Sauber.

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28. Heikki Kovalainen competed in karting from 1991 to 2000, during which time he finished runner-up in the Finnish Formula A championship in 1999 and 2000.

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29. Heikki Kovalainen competed in the last two races of the 2013 season for Lotus F1 as a short-notice stand-in for regular driver Kimi Raikkonen.

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30. Heikki Kovalainen moved to McLaren for the 2008 season, where he partnered Lewis Hamilton.

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31. Heikki Kovalainen gained his first podium by finishing second in the Japanese Grand Prix that year.

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32. Heikki Kovalainen was supported by the Renault Driver Development programme early in his racing career, during which he won the World Series by Nissan championship and finished runner-up in the GP2 series.

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