McLaren confirm Kovalainen for 2009

Heikki KovalainenMcLaren have confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen will remain at the team alongside Lewis Hamilton for the 2009 season.

Speaking to Autosport, Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren, confirmed, “We welcomed Heikki on board at the start of the year. He is under contract to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and will continue to race for us in the 2009 season.”

Kovalainen joined McLaren from Renault and has had a difficult year with the Woking-based team. In the ten races this season, he has managed just one podium finish when he managed third place in Malaysia, and trails his team-mate by 30 points in the drivers championship.