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Kovalainen to run final two races

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PARIS (AP)

Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen will replace countryman Kimi Raikkonen and race for Lotus in the final two races of the season.

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Raikkonen will miss the United States Grand Prix and Brazilian GP to undergo back surgery. He is joining Ferrari next season.

The 32-year-old Kovalainen has raced in 109 GPs for Renault, McLaren, and Caterham, securing one win at the Hungarian GP in 2008 and three other podium finishes. He has been a test driver for Caterham this year.

Kovalainen says "jumping into a car so late in the year when you have not been competing in the races all season will be a challenge."

His appointment comes after seven-time champion Michael Schumacher turned down an offer to drive in the final two races.

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