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Mika retires

Post by maltafan » 04 Nov 2007, 19:27

After 3 years of success in DTM's 2 WDC champion, Mika Hakkinen calls it a day.
So long to the man who gave us the best overtaking manoevre of recent years.



"I've got good news and bad news," the double World Champion told the fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stars & Cars event in Stuttgart. "The bad news is that it is time for me to stop DTM. That will be over. The good news is that my competitors can have a little more peace on the track."

Hakkinen said that he had enjoyed his three years in the DTM and that he would continue to work in the long term with Mercedes-Benz.

At 39, Hakkinen has had a long and distinguished racing career behind him. He broke into F1 back in 1991 with Team Lotus and moved to McLaren in 1993, initially as the team's test driver for Ayrton Senna and Michael Andretti. He took over from Andretti later in the year.

He spent 1994 and 1995 learning the F1 ropes and was turning into a serious contender at the end of 1995 when he crashed badly in Adelaide after a tyre failure and nearly died. An emergency tracheotomy, performed by the side of the track, saved his life. Hakkinen came back in 1996 but it was a couple of years before he was back to his old self again and he won his first F1 victory at the end of 1997. He won the World Championship in 1998 and 1999 and was a serious contender in 2000 as well but at the start of 2001 he had a big accident in Australia which convinced him to think again about the sport. He did not race in 2002 and announced his retirement from F1 that summer. In 2003 and 2004 he did not race at all but returned in 2005 with Mercedes-Benz in DTM. He has now decided to call it a day once and for all.

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Post by Silver Shadow » 05 Nov 2007, 02:00

Goodbye Hakster, we hardly knew ye!
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Post by gutobr » 05 Nov 2007, 10:05

Nice guy and very good driver. @Beer

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Post by iceman1 » 05 Nov 2007, 14:38

2 time world champion, Enough said. Thanks for the memorys Mika

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Re: Mika retires

Post by Bowsey » 08 Nov 2007, 18:53

Hakkinen - Schumacher days were one of the best, great driver and really nice. But he'sdone a lot so now the time to put his feet up. !grin!
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Post by megasyxx » 09 Nov 2007, 20:46

Waiting for Hugo Hakkinen and Mick Schumacher battles in the future..... !grin! !yahoo:
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Re: Mika retires

Post by martinez » 01 Dec 2007, 22:08

a great driver, he will be missed.
I only wish he cudda stayed longer. taking on the likes of alonso, schumacher, raikonnen and massa etc. tht wudda been great :T:@
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Re: Mika retires

Post by ponkumar » 05 Nov 2008, 22:05

he was a big challenger for Michael

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Post by cformula1 » 01 Dec 2008, 11:54

I don't like McLaren, but I have tons of respect for Mika and wish him the best for his future (hint: avoid James May)
P.S. James May a.k.a Captain Slow is a presenter on Top Gear, a British motoring show. Mika appears in S12E03 with humourous results. :laugh1:
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