Heikki Kovalainen could still retain his McLaren seat, team principal Martin Whitmarsh claims. The team has been contemplating a new team-mate for Lewis Hamilton, and in recent days has been linked with a return to McLaren for Kimi Raikkonen.

Whitmarsh said in Japan that the current Ferrari driver is one option for 2010, but insisted that McLaren’s current Finn is not yet out of the running.

"We are not waiting for Kimi," the Briton said. "There’s a very good possibility that Heikki will be driving for the team again next year, only if we can’t get someone better."

Kovalainen & Hamilton

Hamilton, managed by his father Anthony, has suggested publicly on a number of occasions that he would like Kovalainen to stay.

Of course he would, heaven forbid his son might actually get outshone or have to work with equal equipment!

Whitmarsh admitted there is a chance that Lewis will still have the same team-mate at the start of next season, but only if Kovalainen can immediately up his game.

It’s a bit difficult to do that when you’re not given equal equipment to do it, Martin?!?!?!

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