More rumours fly over 2013 race seats

The rumours surrounding race seats for next season keep flying.

At Monza, the latest rumour is that Lotus could possibly be looking to replace Romain Grosjean with Heikki Kovalainen, giving them two Finnish drivers.

“I don’t have a problem to race with anyone,” Kovalaninen told the MTV3 broadcaster, “so I don’t think it would be a problem to be with another Finn, but at the same time it’s pointless to speculate.”

However Lotus are not the only team that Kovalainen has been linked to – he has also been touted as a possible replacement for Felipe Massa at Ferrari.

“I’ve heard all the rumours, but at this stage I have nothing more to say,” he insisted. “Managers do their work and when they have something to tell you, they will tell you,” he added coyly.

Kimi Raikkonen has also been linked with Lewis Hamilton’s seat at McLaren. However Mika Salo, a former Finnish F1 driver turned commentator, doesn’t think there is anything to this latest rumour.

“Kimi is with Lotus. He is very happy there,” he insisted.

Salo has also heard the rumour linking Kovalainen with Lotus.

“The information is from a reliable source on the inside,” said the former Ferrari and Toyota driver.

Still, he thinks it’s unlikely Lotus will part with Grosjean, given his close relationship with the team’s boss Eric Boullier.

Salo reckons Ferrari is Kovalainen’s best option.

“Ferrari’s options are limited and Heikki knows it,” he said.

“When the Hamilton, Schumacher and Massa situation changes, things will begin to move (for everyone else),” added Salo.

Source:GMM