Despite a lucky maiden win at the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, the Finn endured a largely disappointing two years with McLaren before switching to Team Lotus (then known as Lotus Racing) for its 2010 start-up season alongside Jarno Trulli.
Speaking with his native Turun Sanomat newspaper, Kovalainen said: “I feel that my career is back on the rise. I’ve consolidated my position after what happened at McLaren and my feeling is very positive.”
The 29-year-old extended his one-year deal with the team, despite the 2010 season (not surprisingly) being his first where he failed to finish in the points.
“I have not looked anywhere else, I like it with this team,” he added, when asked if he had considered a switch to a team further up the grid.
“I’m not thinking about anything else, even in a not-serious way. We are right on track with what we have had to do and where we are going, so why would I have to go somewhere else?”
However, he added that an approach from Ferrari or Red Bull Racing would warrant consideration…
Loyalty always has a price, it would seem…
[Original image via LAT]