Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has issued a hands-off warning to rival teams about trying to lure driver Heikki Kovalainen away from next season.
Kovalainen's strong form throughout this campaign has left some rival squads interested in him for 2012, even though he has a contract for what will then become known as the Caterham team. But although it is understood that Kovalainen has exit clauses in his contract that would leave the way open for him to switch teams if he and his bosses agreed, Fernandes made it clear on Sunday that he will not let the Finn go.
"I'll hold on to him, whatever," said Fernandes. "I think we should take some credit for Heikki, and I think Heikki will say that first of all. He's happy here, he's driving better than he ever has. I think Heikki's flourished here because he's happy and in a different kind of pressure environment from maybe where he used to before. So we'll hold on to him.
"We've worked hard at it and given him a lot of love and attention. And I think he would like to see how he performs in a better car next year. So he's with us and we'll fight to hold on to him."
Fernandes also said that there were currently no plans to replace Jarno Trulli – although he drew short of stating whether the situation could change over the winter.
"Right now we have a contract and he will race," explained Fernandes. "There is no change in our driver lineup. We have reported to the FIA both those drivers, so let's see."