Heikki Kovalainen May Still Be in a McLaren Next Year

James DunfordCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2008

Norbert Haug, boss of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, has defended McLaren's No. 2 driver (Yes, he is No. 2. Everyone knows it, McLaren just will not admit it!) Heikki Kovalainen, and hinted that the driver lineup may not change next year, contrary to popular belief.

So far Heikki has had a pretty average season. Memorable moments include him hitting the pit lane limiter in Australia after passing Alonso, his huge shunt at Barcelona, and the pole position at Silverstone.

He currently has 24 points, which is exactly half the amount of his equally experienced teammate, Lewis Hamilton, who is leading the championship with the Ferrari drivers. Both drivers have had their share of bad luck, however.

Haug said to Auto motor und sport, "In the end only speed plays a role and he has that.  "Not always consistently but he has had some highlights Heikki is a star in the making." 

If you cast your minds back to 2007, you'll remember that back then Heikki had a very troublesome start to the season. But then he sorted it out and was back on track. McLaren must be looking for more results from the young Finn.