Remember when we reported that Heikki looked really interested in the Satria Neo S2000 when he visited Proton’s Centre of Excellence? Now, Autosport says that the Lotus F1 driver has been linked to drive the Proton in the Arctic Rally!
Their sources have admitted that a Kovalainen entry in next month’s Rovaniemi-based event has been talked about.
“Heikki is here to drive in Formula 1. That’s why he was in Malaysia. But, maybe there is a chance for the rally car. He went and sat in the car and he was very excited about it. It would be a great story, but at the moment no discussions have taken place at all. He would need permission, the rally is dangerous, there is a lot of speculation on this – and that’s all it is right now. Nothing is agreed.”
If the deal materialises, we could see Heikki up against fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who will make his debut in the Citroen C4 at the snow event. Kovalainen is a big fan of rallying and has in the past tested Sebastien Loeb’s Citroen C4 WRC before.
Thanks to trav_da_man for the tip.