Former F1 race winner Heikki Kovalainen made an unsuccessful attempt to return to grand prix racing, having contacted Williams at the end of last year.
After Nico Rosberg’s shock decision to retire from the sport, Mercedes approached Williams with a deal to buy out Valtteri Bottas from his contract.
While the Grove-based team didn’t want to stand in the way of Bottas, it wanted an experienced driver as his replacement.
Having closely followed the situation, Kovalainen - who last raced for Lotus in 2013 - emailed team’s deputy principal Claire Williams, asking for a drive alongside Lance Stroll.
However, Kovalainen effort went in vain as Williams instead opted to bring back Felipe Massa from retirement, closing the door for the 35-year-old.
"Yes, I sent Claire an email," the 35-year-old told the Finnish broadcaster MTV. But they had other plans. Probably many other drivers had sent the same message."
Kovalainen, who won last year’s Japanese Super GT title, holds a high regard for Bottas - and expects his countryman to stack up well against triple world champion Lewis Hamilton.
"I'm not going to predict how Valtteri will go, but he is a very good driver," Kovalainen told Ilta Sanomat.
"Valtteri has sufficient ability to be at the top. I also believe the cooperation between Valtteri and Lewis will go well. Both are professional drivers.”
by Rachit Thukral