Kovalainen calls out McLaren's unequal treatment of drivers

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For the second time a partner to Lewis Hamilton has spoken out regarding the unequal treatment of race drivers at the McLaren Mercedes squad, first it was Fernando Alonso now it's Heikki Kovalainen. And with Kovalainen's F1 future still not publicly known, this might be a last word before he leaves the Woking based outfit.

Speaking to Finlands "Helsingin Sanomat' newspaper, Kovalainen said, "It was always difficult to accept that Lewis was always the first to receive the new parts. I have never wanted to make a big deal about it, but it would have been nice to just once had the new parts on my car, particularly after we lost the chance of winning the championship.

"I could have complained publicly but instead wanted to show the team that I always give maximum effort with the car that I have, and I think they realise that."

While also adding, "Every time this season - when Hamilton and I are in the third part of qualifying - I had to do it with more fuel. If you take into account the quantities of fuel, I would have had pole position several times."