Name: Mika Hakkinen
DOB: Sep 28 1968
Place Of Birth: Helsinki
Most Races For: McLaren - 131
No. Of Races: 161
- Mika Hakkinen joined an elite six-member club of champions who have won back-to-back Drivers’ titles after he won the 1999 Championship.
- At the 1998 Brazilian GP Hakkinen set 10 fastest laps and the pole position en route to winning the race.
- The Head And Neck Safety Device better known as HANS was developed after the Hakkinen crash and is used mandatorily even to this day.
- Häkkinen raced with McLaren for 9 years and won 20 races and two World Championships titles for the Woking-based team.
“Formula One is a mind game, no question. You have to think so hard sometimes smoke comes out your ears! And if you don't keep your head in gear the car will overtake you”
-Hakkinen on the cerebral nature of the sport
"You can only get over your fears if you attack them head on," he said. "So I had to go driving again flat out."
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