To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go.
To right the unrightable wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar,
To try when your arms are too weary, to reach the unreachable star!
This is my quest to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far,
To fight for the right without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!
And I know, if I'll only be true to this glorious quest, that my heart will lie peaceful
When I'm laid to my rest, and the world will be better for this,
That one man scorned and covered with scars, still strove with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable stars.
Heikki Kovalainen has admitted that he knew as much as six months ago that he would not be driving a McLaren in 2010.
The 28-year-old Finn, who was Lewis Hamilton's teammate for the past two seasons, has switched for this year to the new Lotus team, after McLaren signed Jenson Button in mid November to replace him.
"I already knew in August that McLaren was planning for 2010 without me," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
"Up until the end they were leaving the door open, but as a driver you feel where you are heading, and I had the feeling they were looking for someone else," said Kovalainen.
At the end of July, McLaren did not take up its automatic 2010 option on Kovalainen, despite boss Martin Whitmarsh saying as late as October that "there's a very good possibility Heikki will be driving for the team again".
Kovalainen admits that Briton Hamilton was a tough teammate, but baulks at claims he was blown away by the 2008 world champion.
"With Lewis I had one of the strongest teammates you would ever wish for yourself, and everyone knows that I didn't fare so badly against him, if you consider that at McLaren everything is concentrated on him," said the winner of the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix.