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Helmet of Heikki Kovalainen
© Renault F1

Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen

nationality Finnish age 37 years old born October 19, 1981 hometown Suomussalmi height 172 cm (5' 8")

Racing highlights

20161stSuper GT Japan - GT500
20052ndGP2 Series
20041stWorld Series by Nissan
20032ndWorld Series by Nissan
20023rdFormula 3 Britain
20022ndFormula 3 Macau GP

Racing career summary

Races entered249
Wins23
Podiums57
Pole positions21
Fastest laps18
Race win percentage9.2%
Podium percentage22.9%

Karting highlights

20001stNordic Championship Formula A
20002ndFinnish Championship Formula A
20003rdWorld Championship Formula Super A
20002ndGöteborgs Stora Pris - Formula A
20003rdMonaco Kart Cup Formula A
19992ndFinnish Championship ICA

Rally career summary

Rallies1
Rally wins0
Rally podiums0
Class wins0
Class podiums1
Win percentage0%
Podium percentage0%

Disclaimer: the data and summaries are all taken from the data available in the career details section further below on this page. If you know of things missing or have corrections, please log in and submit them.

Driver comparisons

The latest Head-to-Head comparisons generated for Heikki Kovalainen.

Heikki Kovalainen vs. Nico Rosberg

Career overview – years in numbers

The following numbers are a summary of the more detailed information available in the Career details further below on the page. Seasons spanning over two years (for example 2013-14 championships) have their race results accounted for in the year the championship ends.

2018Racing8 races1 win2 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2017Racing8 races1 win2 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2016Racing8 races1 win4 podiums1 pole positions0 fastest race laps
2015Racing8 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2013Racing2 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2012Racing20 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2011Racing19 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2010Racing18 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2009Racing17 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2008Racing18 races1 win3 podiums1 pole positions2 fastest race laps
2007Racing17 races0 wins1 podium0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2006Racing0 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
2005Racing23 races5 wins12 podiums2 pole position1 fastest race lap
2004Racing18 races6 wins11 podiums10 pole position8 fastest race laps
2003Racing18 races1 win4 podiums3 pole position1 fastest race lap
2002Racing29 races5 wins13 podiums2 pole position3 fastest race laps
2001Racing15 races2 wins5 podiums2 pole position3 fastest race laps
2000KartingDetailed karting statistics not covered by Driver Database.
1999KartingDetailed karting statistics not covered by Driver Database.
1998Racing3 races0 wins0 podiums? pole position? fastest race laps

Career details – the racing career of Heikki Kovalainen

2018 Autobacs Super GT Series - GT500

PositionPointsTeam
9th42Lexus Team SARD
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
81200
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Lexus LC500Toyota 2.0 turboBridgestone
Click to show race results for Autobacs Super GT Series - GT500 2018.

2017 Autobacs Super GT Series - GT500

PositionPointsTeam
8th44Lexus Team Sard
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
81200
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Lexus LC500Bridgestone
Click to show race results for Autobacs Super GT Series - GT500 2017.

2016 Super GT Japan - GT500

PositionPointsTeam
1st82Lexus Team Sard
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
81410
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Lexus RC F / R14AG
Click to show race results for Super GT Japan - GT500 2016.

2015 Rally results

RalliesWinsPodiumsClass winsClass podiums
10001
PositionPointsChampionship name
0Finland
Click to show detailed rally results for 2015.

2015 Super GT Japan - GT500

PositionPointsTeam
13th23Lexus Team Sard
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
80000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Lexus RC F
Click to show race results for Super GT Japan - GT500 2015.

2013 Formula 1 - Test driver

PositionPointsTeam
0Caterham F1 Team
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.

2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

PositionPointsTeam
21st0Lotus F1 Team
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
20000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Lotus E21RenaultPirelli
Click to show race results for FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2013.

2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

PositionPointsTeam
22nd0Caterham F1 Team
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
200000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Caterham CT01Renault RS27-2012Pirelli
Click to show race results for FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2012.

2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

PositionPointsTeam
22nd0Team Lotus
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
190000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Lotus T128Renault RS27-2011Pirelli
Click to show race results for FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2011.

2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

PositionPointsTeam
20th0Lotus Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
180000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Lotus T127Cosworth CA2010Bridgestone
Click to show race results for FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2010.

2009 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

PositionPointsTeam
12th22Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
170000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
McLaren MP4-24Mercedes FO 108WBridgestone
Click to show race results for FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2009.

2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

PositionPointsTeam
7th53Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
181312
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
McLaren MP4-23Mercedes FO108VBridgestone
Click to show race results for FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2008.

2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

PositionPointsTeam
7th30ING Renault F1 Team
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
170100
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Renault R27
Click to show race results for FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2007.

2006 Formula 1 - Test driver

PositionPointsTeam
0Mild Seven Renault F1 Team
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.

2005 Formula 1 - Test driver

PositionPointsTeam
0Renault
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.

2005 GP2 Series

PositionPointsTeam
2nd105Arden International
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
2351221
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara GP2/05RenaultBridgestone
Click to show race results for GP2 Series 2005.

2004 World Series by Nissan

PositionPointsTeam
1st176Pons Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
18611108
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara SN01 (Nissan)
Click to show race results for World Series by Nissan 2004.

2004 Formula 1 - Test driver

PositionPointsTeam
0Renault
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.

2003 World Series by Nissan

PositionPointsTeam
2nd134Gabord Competicion
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
181431
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara SN01 (Nissan)
Click to show race results for World Series by Nissan 2003.

2003 Formula 1 - Test driver

PositionPointsTeam
0Minardi, Renault
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.

2002 Masters of Formula 3

PositionPointsTeam
4th0Fortec Motorsport
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara F302 (Renault)
Click to show race results for Masters of Formula 3 2002.

2002 Formula 3 Britain

PositionPointsTeam
3rd257Fortec Motorsport
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
2651223
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara F302 (Renault)
Click to show race results for Formula 3 Britain 2002.

2002 Formula 3 Macau GP

PositionPointsTeam
2nd0Fortec Motorsport
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10100
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara F302 (Renault-Sodemo)
Click to show race results for Formula 3 Macau GP 2002.

2002 Formula 3 Korea Super Prix

PositionPointsTeam
14th0Fortec Motorsport
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara F302 (Renault)
Click to show race results for Formula 3 Korea Super Prix 2002.

2001 Formula 3 Macau GP

PositionPointsTeam
8th0Fortec Motorsport
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara F301 (Renault)
Click to show race results for Formula 3 Macau GP 2001.

2001 Formula Renault 2.0 UK

PositionPointsTeam
4th243Fortec Motorsport
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
132523
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Tatuus FR2000 (Renault)

2001 Formula 3 Korea Super Prix

PositionPointsTeam
25th0Fortec Motorsport
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Dallara F301 (Renault)

2000 World Championship Formula Super A

PositionPointsTeam
3rd0

2000 Finnish Championship Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
2nd0OFK-125
KartEngineTyres
Tony Kart (Vortex)

2000 Göteborgs Stora Pris - Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
2nd0

2000 Nordic Championship Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
1st0

2000 South Garda Winter Cup Formula Super A

PositionPointsTeam
9th0

2000 European Championship Formula Super A

PositionPointsTeam
4th39

2000 World Cup Formula Super A

PositionPointsTeam
4th0

2000 Monaco Kart Cup Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
3rd0

1999 World Championship Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
17th0

1999 Monaco Kart Cup Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
6th0

1999 Finnish Championship ICA

PositionPointsTeam
2nd51

1999 Finnish Championship Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
20th0

1998 Finnish Championship Formula A

PositionPointsTeam
11th0
KartEngineTyres
CRG

1998 Finnish Championship ICA

PositionPointsTeam
8th22
KartEngineTyres
CRGCRG


DriverDB Rating graph

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