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McLaren confirm Kovalainen for 2008 - A new driver for the new year but the car will have no launch

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McLaren confirm Kovalainen for 2008
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I’m Christine and this is F1Minute for Friday the 14th December 2007.

McLaren have confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen will be joining them as Lewis Hamilton’s partner for 2008, with Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett remaining as third driver and test driver respectively. It’s the second time Kovalainen has replaced Fernando Alonso in a team, after joining Renault in 2007 as the double champ left. Now he fills the Spaniards boots once more, and McLaren believe they have a formidable line up for the new season.

McLaren also announced that they have no plans for a 2008 launch at all, compared to the spectacular display in Valencia this past year. So far it looks like the car will just take to the track at Jerez, with no fanfare, and pictures will be circulated to the media at the same time.

It’s also worth mentioning that Williams have signed Nico Hülkenberg as test driver after he impressed them at Jerez. And it’s probably not worth mentioning, Honda have announced their intention to announce their test driver at some point before Christmas.

That’s all for today, have a great weekend, and join me on Monday for another F1Minute.