Mika Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen

1968-09-28 (age 52)


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Race of my Life: Mika Hakkinen on the 1998 Monaco GP

The latest episode in Autosport’s Race of My Life podcast series is Mika Hakkinen on the 1998 Monaco GP, the first time he saw the chequered flag in Monte Carlo – and he won!

When Coulthard escaped a plane crash, then scored a podium

The 2000 Spanish Grand Prix was a resounding 1-2 finish for McLaren, as it bounced back from a Ferrari-dominated start to the season to get Mika Hakkinen’s title defense back on track. But the bravery of David Coulthard, to not only take part so soon after a near-death experience but to finish second, was the real talking point of the weekend.

Motorsport Heroes: Hakkinen on his infamous clash with Schumacher
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Motorsport Heroes: Hakkinen on his infamous clash with Schumacher

In Motorsport Heroes, the full-length feature film by Manish Pandey now available on Motorsport.tv, four legends of our sport share their successes, failures, personal struggles and life-threatening accidents. Today we hear from Mika Hakkinen, about the moment he clashed with Michael Schumacher in the 1990 Macau Grand Prix.

The day that Coulthard truly earned his home-race glory

David Coulthard’s victory in the 1999 British Grand Prix had rather fallen his way, helped by McLaren teammate Mika Hakkinen’s retirement when a wheel flew off and Michael Schumacher’s brutal exit at Stowe that broke his leg. Twelve months later at Silverstone, DC would win again – this time, without any gifts from rivals.

How Senna’s early Pacific GP exit raised his Benetton suspicions

Ayrton Senna’s Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 was one of the shortest of his illustrious career, the great Brazilian getting punted out of the race at the first corner by Mika Hakkinen. But what happened next only heightened his suspicions that rival team Benetton was using some form of illegal traction or launch control on its car.

Gallery: All McLaren F1 cars since 1966

In 1966 Bruce McLaren founded his Formula 1 team which went on to become a world beater, with 12 drivers’ championships and eight constructors’ titles, via 182 grand prix victories – making it the second most successful squad in history. Here are all of its F1 cars…

‘Senna’ writer’s feature film ‘Heroes’ released on Motorsport.tv
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‘Senna’ writer’s feature film ‘Heroes’ released on Motorsport.tv

BAFTA and SUNDANCE-winning writer and producer Manish Pandey’s next epic to be available from 16 January 2020: Four legends of motorsport share their love of four wheels growing up, their successes, failures, personal struggles and life-threatening accidents.

Retro: The day Hakkinen “kicked Senna’s ass” at McLaren Portuguese GP
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Retro: The day Hakkinen “kicked Senna’s ass” at McLaren

The 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix was significant for a number of reasons – not least Alain Prost’s announcement that he was retiring from the sport, the day before he wrapped up his fourth world title. But it was a big weekend for a young Finn called Mika Hakkinen, too…

Hakkinen reflects on racing return at Suzuka 10 Hours

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says he relished a return to competitive motorsport after his team finished the Suzuka 10 Hours last weekend.

Hakkinen to contest Suzuka 10 Hours with McLaren

Double Formula 1 champion Mika Hakkinen will contest the Suzuka 10 Hours in a McLaren 720S GT3.

Motorsport Heroes – Five stories, one enduring spirit
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Motorsport Heroes – Five stories, one enduring spirit

Michèle Mouton, Mika Häkkinen, Tom Kristensen & Felipe Massa to feature in a major theatrical release.

Autosport Awards: Mika Hakkinen receives Gregor Grant Award

Mika Hakkinen celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Formula 1 title with the third Gregor Grant Award of the 2018 Autosport Awards evening.

Freeze frame: Mika Hakkinen’s ‘flying Finn’ moment

It’s one of the coolest Formula 1 photos ever – Mika Hakkinen flying through the air in Adelaide in his McLaren MP4/8. Twenty-five years on, he recalls that moment along with photographer Mark Sutton, who caught this amazing moment.

Hakkinen would only return to racing "to kick some butt"

Double Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says he would want to be able to “kick some butt” if he returned to racing, having thought “quite a lot” about the prospect.

Hakkinen drives title-winning McLaren at Suzuka

Mika Hakkinen was reunited with his 1998 McLaren MP4-13 in Suzuka on Friday, 20 years after he won the Formula 1 world championship at the same venue.

Gallery: All British GP winners since 2000

Motorsport.com recalls all Formula 1 winners of the British Grand Prix since the start of the millennium in 2000.

Gallery: All Spanish GP winners since 2000

The Spanish Grand Prix traditionally opens the European leg of the Formula 1 season. Here's a list of all winners of the Barcelona race since the start of the new millennium.

Indian F1 GP absence a "shame", says Hakkinen

Two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Hakkinen says it is a “shame” that the Indian Grand Prix is no longer on the F1 calendar, saying Asia’s third largest economy has “incredible potential.”

33 world champions of Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth Formula 1 title in Mexico, equalling the tally of Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel. But who else have been crowned champion in the past?

Gallery: All British GP winners since 2000

The British Grand Prix is one of the longest standing races on the calendar. We list down all drivers who've won at the Silverstone Circuit since the turn of the millennium.

Gallery: All Spanish Grand Prix winners since 2000

Ahead of this weekend's Spanish GP, we compile a list of drivers who've won this European race since 2000.

Gallery: Melbourne's Australian GP F1 winners

Here are all the winners and podium finishers at the Australian Grand Prix since it moved to Melbourne.

Hakkinen rejoins McLaren in partner ambassador role

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has rejoined the McLaren Formula 1 team in a 'partner ambassador' role, it has been announced.

Gallery: The drivers and teams of F1 1997

One of the toughest title duels in recent Formula 1 history had a controversial ending 20 years ago. Here are the 29 drivers...

Hakkinen: I was wrong to criticise Verstappen

Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen has admitted he was wrong to criticise Max Verstappen for coming into Formula 1 at too young an age.

McLaren celebrates its Formula 1 heroes and history with 50th anniversary campaign – video

An online video film charts some of the pivotal moments in the McLaren's history

McLaren still lacking straight-line speed, says Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen reckons McLaren-Honda could be poised for another difficult season in Formula 1 owing to a lack of straight-line speed.

Hakkinen parts ways with long-time manager Coton

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has parted ways with long-time manager Didier Coton, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Gallery: Mercedes rounds off 2015 with Stars & Cars event

Mercedes capped off a successful 2015 season with its glittering Stars & Cars event at Stuttgart. Check out some of the best shots from the evening in our special photo gallery.

Alonso facing "massive" task at McLaren

Fernando Alonso has a massive task ahead of him and could face years without the chance to win a race in Formula 1.

Boullier not expecting big step in Spain

McLaren is unlikely to take a “big step” forward at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, according to Eric Boullier.

Magnussen can win titles after 2015 'pause' - Dennis

Ron Dennis has likened Kevin Magnussen to champions Fernando Alonso and Mika Hakkinen, insisting the deposed rookie Dane's career is only on "pause".

Alonso, Button finally confirmed as McLaren's race drivers

McLaren-Honda announces Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button for 2015

New rumours take hold amid McLaren driver delay

As the McLaren wait rolls on, the British team is continuing to take criticism for leaving Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen in the lurch.

Engine rivals set for more Mercedes dominance

2014 engine rivals Renault and Ferrari appear unlikely to close the gap to dominant Mercedes before the start of next season.

McLaren gives Alonso deadline for 2015 decision

McLaren has warned Fernando Alonso he is running out of time to commit to the British team for the 2015 season.

Montezemolo confirms Alonso leaving Ferrari

Luca di Montezemolo has admitted Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari.

Bianchi crash and politics overshadow Sochi preparations

F1 has made the 8,000 kilometre trek from Suzuka to the all-new Sochi Autodrom, but many are not in the mood to celebrate the sport's latest destination.

Show goes on but F1 still thinking of Bianchi

The teams and drivers may have leapt 8,000 kilometres from Suzuka to Sochi, but Jules Bianchi remains in the minds of the entire F1 world.

The world’s best supercars make Shanghai return with GT Asia

Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, McLaren and Audi will battle wheel-to-wheel in the penultimate round of the 2014 GT Asia Series.

Honda delay could thwart Alonso switch - report

The high uncertainty surrounding Fernando Alonso's future could be connected with rumours emerging from the Honda camp.

Vettel speaks up as Alonso rumours keep burning

Fernando Alonso is the man on everybody's lips this week in the world of Formula One.

Struggling Vettel not racing Ricciardo's chassis

What car will we see Sebastian Vettel in this weekend at Monza?

Sorry Lauda keeps opinion about Rosberg crash

"Saying sorry is not a problem for me," - Niki Lauda.

Teen Verstappen 'not ready' for 2015 debut - Hakkinen

Another Formula One driver has said Verstappen should wait to get in the car.

Five of Formula One's biggest heartbreaks

With the stars of Formula One taking a month off, it's hard to get that racing fix. Motorsport.com's Christopher DeHarde compiles some of Formula One's biggest heartbreaks. Enjoy.

McLaren rumours 'natural' for on-form Bottas - Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen has acknowledged rumours linking his protege Valtteri Bottas with McLaren.

Marmorini out at Ferrari, Hakkinen worries about Fry

Weeks after the rumours first emerged, Ferrari has this week finally admitted that engine boss Luca Marmorini is leaving the Italian team.

Raikkonen retirement talk 'not smart' - Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen has questioned countryman Kimi Raikkonen's admission that he will "probably" retire after the 2015 season.

Ferrari: Austria, into the Bullring

Along with Jenson Button and Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen make up the quartet of current drivers who have raced here before in Formula 1.

Even 2014 title may not be beyond Ricciardo

Since Bahrain in April, Ricciardo has notched up three podiums and never finished lower than fourth.

No Mercedes 'go slow' despite Canada problems

Toto Wolff insisted, team will not apply team orders.

Hamilton should learn how to lose - Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen believes that one of the characteristics of a good winner is that he also knows how to lose

Hamilton behaviour 'sub-standard' - Hakkinen

"I do not like the idea of what Lewis did. It was quite sub-standard behaviour" - Mika Hakkinen.

Mercedes expects rivals to be close in Monaco

Mercedes drivers could catch-up at Monaco, but Lewis Hamilton warned that the W05 will once again be difficult to beat.

The ‘new boys’ top opening GT Asia practice in Korea

Andrea Caldarelli on his GT3 debut topped both sessions.

Raikkonen must resolve Ferrari pace crisis - Hakkinen

Kimi Raikkonen has yet to place higher than seventh in his first four races with Ferrari, yet teammate Fernando Alonso has already procured a podium.

Hakkinen blasts Vettel for ignoring orders

The Finn said Vettel is out of line to ignore team orders.

First victory in the season for Frikadelli-Racing

Frikadelli Racing won the VLN event this past weekend in a race that was stopped due to a horrific accident that fortunately saw both drivers walk away.