Interview with Heikki Kovalainen: "I'm not nervous, I've been relaxed all weekend. When you don't know what to expect, it's difficult to set specific targets for yourself. The car felt good on the lap to the grid, it's been feeling good all weekend. Hopefully we'll have a good weekend. "I believe I can handle [the start] but in a couple of hours time, when I talk to you again, we'll know more. I've been satisfied so far... the car's been well balanced straight away. On Friday, we were able to work on the set up rather than getting familiar with it too much. This hotter weather hopefully works better for us. Today could potentially be a good day."
Let us not forget that Kimi Räikkönen has made a swift exit from the Lotus team, and is currently recovering from a successful back surgery. In his place, Heikki Kovalainen has made the switch from Caterham for the final two rounds of the year.
And, of course, Heikki Kovalainen got into the top ten on his comeback qualifying. He was about half a second off his teammate, but that's still a great showing.
However, the attention is all on Heikki Kovalainen, who makes his triumphant F1 return in place of Kimi Räikkönen, who is currently recovering from back surgery.
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