Lotus tabs Kovalainen to finish 2013 season

Lotus has selected Formula One veteran Heikki Kovalainen to

drive the last two races of the 2013 season in place of injured

Kimi Raikkonen.

Raikkonen, who is leaving Lotus for Ferrari in 2014, will miss

the U.S. Grand Prix this weekend and the final race in Brazil on

2014 after opting for back surgery.

Kovalainen has started 109 Grand Prix in previous stints with

Renault, McLaren, and Caterham. He finished 18th for Caterham at

the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas last year but

hasn’t raced in Formula One this season.

Team principle Eric Boullier said Lotus chose the veteran

Kovalainen over reserve Davide Valsecchi in part because the team

is still fighting for a better position in the constructor’s

championship, where it currently sits in fourth.