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Heikki Kovalainen returns to Caterham F1 - Caterham restructure their driver lineup, with a friendly face returning

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Heikki Kovalainen returns to Caterham F1
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After just three races of the 2013 season, Caterham have decided to restructure their driver lineup, bringing former team member Heikki Kovalainen back into the fold.

Reserve driver, Ma Qing Hua, who made an appearance during Free Practice in China, is moving on to other opportunities with Caterham that the team have yet to announce, and so Kovalainen is returning as a reserve driver, along with the other reserve, Alexander Rossi. However, Rossi will be spending most of his time in the GP2 series driving for the Caterham squad, a seat just vacated by Ma Qing Hua.

Kovalainen is due to take part in Friday practice in both Bahrain and Spain, with the team suggesting his input will help them with their updates to the car as he takes on a “formal technical development role.”

Team Principal at Caterham, Cyril Abiteboul, says of the change: “Heikki has six years of F1 experience behind him so he is perfectly placed to give us an objective view of the 2013 tyres against his experience with the 2012 compounds. Having invested in Heikki for our first three years of competition, it would be a waste not to leverage the valuable expertise he brings.”