Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I don't like Piquet Jr - Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen has given a note worthy insight into his relationship with his Renault team colleague Nelson Piquet Jr. Finn Kovalainen has had a difficult start to his rookie season as the French squad's race driver, after testing for the team last year. Waiting in the wings in the Renault pit garage, mean while, is 21-year-old Piquet Jr, who filled Kovalainen's test-seat shoes this year and wants to move into a racing cockpit no later than 2008.In a blithe interview with ITV, Kovalainen, 25, was asked which famous racer he most admired - 1992 title winner Nigel Mansell or tripleworld champion Nelson Piquet. He answered: "To be honest I don't really know them so well -– it was too early for me when they were racing."(But) I don't really like Piquet Junior so much, so maybe Mansell."Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso was also giving away subtle psychological clues this week as speculation continues to hint attension between him and his rookie McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton. Asked by the UK men's magazine Nuts if Hamilton's success in 2007 hadmotivated him, the Spaniard answered: "No, because I'm always motivated."

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