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Mika Häkkinen

Knowledge Identifier: +Mika_Hakkinen


Mika Hakkinen

Finnish former racing driver and two-time Formula One World Champion add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1968.

Countries: United Kingdom (18%), (14%), Germany (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Formula One

Linked to: McLaren, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, Peugeot, Mercedes-AMG




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Mika Hakkinen was born in 1968 add something


Colours were based on his early sponsor Oy G.W. Sohlberg Ab's brand in 1980's add something


During the late 1980s he lived in England and shared a house with West Surrey Racing team mate Allan McNish add something


Allan McNish - During the late 1980s McNish shared a house with team mate Mika Häkkinen


By 1986, Häkkinen had won five karting championships add something


The "New Flying Finn" won three Scandinavian championships and the Opel Lotus Euroseries championship in 1988 before winning the 1990 British Formula Three Championship add something


Häkkinen was close to winning the 1990 Macau Grand Prix but missed out due to a controversial accident with Michael Schumacher, which resulted in his promotion to Formula One with Team Lotus add something


Häkkinen debuted in F1 with Lotus in 1991 after a successful career in karting and different junior formula categories add something


Since 1991, Häkkinen has resided in Monte Carlo although he owns houses in France and Finland add something


The Finn continued his form from 1991, with point-scoring finishes in six Grands Prix, his best finishes being fourth places in France and Hungary add something


McLaren - His team-mate, 1991 IndyCar champion Michael Andretti, fared much worse: he scored only seven points, and was replaced by test driver Mika Häkkinen for the final three rounds of the season


Ron Dennis - McLaren signed the promising newcomer Mika Häkkinen as a test driver at the end of 1992, but by 1992 Williams was once more in the ascendancy


After two years with Lotus, he joined McLaren as a test driver in 1993 initially as a backup for Ayrton Senna, but took over the responsibility of race driver after Michael Andretti was dismissed by the team after that year's Italian Grand Prix add something


During the season, Häkkinen took six more podium finishes to add to his sole podium of 1993, including a second place in Belgium add something


Damon Hill - When Mansell's team-mate Riccardo Patrese left Williams to drive for Benetton in 1993, Hill was unexpectedly promoted to the race team alongside triple world champion Alain Prost ahead of more experienced candidates such as Martin Brundle and Mika Häkkinen


In 1994, he became the lead driver of the team after Senna left to join Williams add something


Martin Brundle - For 1994 Brundle was in the frame for the vacant McLaren seat alongside Mika Häkkinen


Pacific Grand Prix - The inaugural Championship race in 1994 saw Michael Schumacher take an easy victory after Ayrton Senna was involved in a first corner accident with Mika Häkkinen and Nicola Larini


Following a life-threatening injury during qualifying for the 1995 Australian Grand Prix and a remarkable comeback to professional racing, Häkkinen and McLaren made considerable improvements in 1996 and 1997 with Häkkinen taking his first victory at the 1997 European Grand Prix add something


Australian Grand Prix - In 1995, Mika Häkkinen suffered a tyre failure at the early part of the first qualifying session at the dreaded and fast Stag Turn, which resulted in him crashing heavily into the wall


Ron Dennis - Mika Häkkinen gradually assumed leadership of the team but suffered severe head injuries in a crash at the end of the 1995 season, from which he eventually made a complete recovery


Jan Magnussen - He qualified for 25 Formula One grands prix, debuting on 22 October 1995 in the Pacific Grand Prix in Aida, sitting in for Mika Häkkinen, who was unwell


Luckily, Häkkinen recovered fully and was fit to race again in 1996, thus missing only one race add something


The 1996 season saw McLaren improve; Mercedes-Benz were in their second season of supplying engines to the team and Häkkinen managed to return to the podium, although his first win still eluded him add something


For 1997 season, Häkkinen was linked to Benetton and Williams add something


Häkkinen came close to an elusive breakthrough victory a number of times in 1997, not least at Silverstone, A1-Ring and Nürburgring add something


Scuderia Ferrari - For 1997, the increased reliability of the previous year's development, the F310B, led to some very strong performances when faster cars, notably the McLaren Mercedes of David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen, retired


Gerhard Berger - The Benetton B197 had a lacklustre opening to the 1997 season at Melbourne but the team and Berger bounced back at the 1997 Brazilian Grand Prix, with Berger finishing second having overtaken Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher


Häkkinen grew up with one sister, Nina, who ran a fan site for her brother until its closure in 1998 add something


Häkkinen married Erja Honkanen in 1998 add something


The 1998 season began with Häkkinen winning four of the first six rounds add something


Ron Dennis - Newey agreed, and in 1998 McLaren took both the drivers' and the constructors' titles with Mika Häkkinen


Bridgestone - The first title was acquired right away in the second year, 1998 by Mika Häkkinen and McLaren-Mercedes


Mercedes-Benz - This partnership brought success, including drivers championships for Mika Häkkinen in 1998 and 1999, and for Lewis Hamilton in 2008, as well as a constructors championship in 1998


Adrian Newey - Titles followed in 1998 and 1999, and Mika Häkkinen narrowly missed out on a third drivers' title in 2000


McLaren - With Mercedes-Benz engines, West sponsorship and former Williams designer Adrian Newey, further championships came in 1998 and 1999 with driver Mika Häkkinen and during the 2000s the team were consistent front-runners, driver Lewis Hamilton taking their latest title in 2008


The 1999 Championship proved to be a more difficult season for Häkkinen and McLaren add something


Tomas Scheckter - In 1999, Scheckter won the Formula Opel Euroseries championship with a record eight victories and eight poles, and in the process broke all the winning records previously set by Mika Häkkinen, Rubens_Barrichello, and David Coulthard


For the 2000 season, he was eager to score a hat-trick of crowns, but after a season-long contest, finished 19 points behind Ferrari's Schumacher add something


In 2000, Häkkinen won four races but the title was won by Schumacher add something


Scuderia Ferrari - In 2000 Schumacher had a close battle with rival Mika Häkkinen of McLaren but won the championship in the Ferrari F1-2000, winning 9 races out of 17 that year


He revealed at the 2001 Monaco Grand Prix that he informed Ron Dennis of his decision to retire and was given the opportunity for the sabbatical to go ahead add something


This was followed by two more victories in 2001, and the announcement of a sabbatical the same year that later turned into retirement add something


At Monza, Häkkinen announced to the media that he was to take a sabbatical for 2002 deciding on his future in the process add something


Allan McNish - In 2003 he was a test driver for Renault F1, doing a little TV work for ITV, but the next year he returned to his successful sports car racing career, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring, combining this in 2005 with a venture into the highly competitive DTM , where he competed against the likes of former F1 men Mika Häkkinen and Jean Alesi


During 2004 Häkkinen announced plans for a Grand Prix comeback and held talks with Williams for 2005 add something


Häkkinen was linked to Williams during the 2004 season because of Montoya going to McLaren-Mercedes the following year add something


Bernd Schneider (racing driver) - Still driving for AMG, Schneider has won a record four championships; in 2005, he was teammates with former F1 champion Mika Häkkinen, and in 2006 won his fifth championship title


At the 2006 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Häkkinen drove the 2005 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-20 add something


At the end of the 2006 season there were further rumours regarding Häkkinen returning to the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes for the 2007 season add something


During 2006 he again competed in the DTM championships with Mercedes add something


On Thursday, November 30, Häkkinen tested the 2006 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-21 for a full day at the Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona, Spain add something


After retiring from Formula One, Häkkinen drove in the DTM series, in which he won three races with Mercedes before announcing his retirement from competitive motorsports in 2007 add something


Häkkinen would stay on at Mercedes for a third season and although this was tainted by some bad luck in places, 2007 was to be his most competitive add something


Häkkinen announced his retirement from competitive motorsport on Sunday, 4 November 2007 add something


Formula One - Drivers are not required to have competed at this level before entering Formula One. British F3 has supplied many F1 drivers, with champions including Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Mika Häkkinen having moved straight from that series to Formula One. More rarely a driver may be picked from an even lower level, as was the case with 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, who went straight from Formula Renault to F1


The couple applied for divorce in 2008 add something


On 18 May 2008, his newly completed mansion in France was burned down after a light in one of his trophy cabinets short circuited add something


In November 2008, Häkkinen announced that he will begin a new career in driver management add something


Arctic Rally - The 2009 entry list included four current or former Formula One drivers; JJ Lehto finished ninth on his tenth Arctic Rally, Kimi Räikkönen 13th on his first-ever rally competition, Mika Häkkinen 19th on his fourth outing in the event while a gearbox failure ended Mika Salo's third Arctic Rally


In February 2010, Häkkinen offered driving lessons at Mercedes-Benz World to raise money for children's charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital add something


Häkkinen's third child, daughter Ella, was born on 30 November 2010 to his Czech girlfriend Markéta Reme?ová add something


Häkkinen made his dèbut in sports cars when Team AMG China entered a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in November 2011 to participate in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at the 6 Hours of Zhuhai race alongside Lance David Arnold and Cheng Congfu add something


Lance David Arnold - In November 2011, Arnold partnered with 1998 and 1999 F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen and Cheng Congfu to drive a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG at the 2011 6 Hours of Zhuhai race, a round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup


In October 2013, Häkkinen participated in the GT Asia series for the two races held at the Zhuhai International Circuit, driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 300 alongside co-driver Matthew Solomon add something


In an April 2015 interview, Earle recounted that Häkkinen's application was the last application he reviewed at the end of a particularly long day ended at 7pm, despite protests by fellow reviewer James Hunt who had already made plans to head to a pub for a beer add something


In 2016, he became an official brand ambassador for Nokian Tyres add something


On 16 March 2017, McLaren announced that Häkkinen has rejoined the team as partner ambassador add something