Heikki Kovalainen Sets His Sight's High For Brazil

Adam PooleAnalyst IOctober 26, 2008

Heikki Kovalainen believes if there is any chance of McLaren sealing the constructor championship in Brazil, all he can do is push all-out for the win at Interlagos.

The best possible outcome for McLaren would, ofcourse, be a one-two, but with Kovalainen's inconsistency this year, the constructors title looks to be a long shot, to say the least.

With a seven point lead over Felipe Massa, team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, can afford to come as low down as fifth position, even if Massa goes on to win his home Grand Prix.

Speaking to British ITV the Finn said, "With the championship as it is, things are a little different going to Brazil.  Clearly, I want to be able to help the team and Lewis wherever necessary, but the easiest way to do that is to be running at the front."

"The team knows I will play my part, but we are also targeting the constructors' championship."

"We may be 11 points behind Ferrari, but there are 18 points available in Brazil and we go into the final race still looking at securing both world titles - that has to be our aim."

Lewis Hamilton will repeat last years tactic of going into the final race with a race-worn V8 in his MP4-23, whereas "Kovy" will have all his horses stored in a brand new engine.

Looking forward to 2009, Kovalainen believes, with the experience he has gained this year, that he will be up there with the front runners.  Speaking about where he has struggled, Kovalainen said, "It didn't take too long to find where I wanted to be with the team, but it's taken longer to get used to the MP4-23."

"Sometimes I've pushed the set-up in the wrong direction but, over the year, I've found a better direction."

"I've been particularly pleased with my qualifying pace; even from the first race, I was competitive."

Will Lewis be able to seal his dream, and will Heikki be able to seal that of McLaren's?  We all know what happened this time last year, with pretty much the same circumstances surrounding the championship leader- seven point lead, race-worn engine- will this year work out right for the 23-year-old?

All we can do is hope and pray for a great race from a driver that has produced some spectacular results over his maiden two seasons.