|Hakkinen is an F1 legend|
He won three Formula Ford Championships, Lotus Euroseries then the 1990 British Formula 3 Championship. Hakkinen also took part in the Macau Grand Prix but retired after a crash. His big break came when he was then promoted to Team Lotus in Formula 1, where he made his debut with the team in the 1991 USA GP. He qualified 13th on his race debut but an engine failure preventing him from finishing the race. In 1992 with the same team he finished the season by scoring six times as many points as he did in 1991.
|Hakkinen's horrific Australia crash, 1995|
|Hakkinen is Champion, 1998|
|That overtake from Hakkinen|
McLaren weren't competitive in 2001 and Mika had a series of non-finishes. He suffered a heavy crash in Melbourne and due to a clutch failure he was forced to retire at the last lap of the Spanish GP while leading the race. Though later he was given a ride back to the pit sitting on the sidepod of Coulthard's car. In USA he drove a fantastic race and took his last race victory. At the end of the season he took a year sabbatical but he never returned to the F1 paddock. The Quiet Winner was sorely missed by everyone.
|Hakkinen with Alonso and Hamilton, in a 2007 advert|
Nowadays he is a brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker & occasionally shows up in a race weekend. On 4th November 2007 he officially announced his retirement, before in 2008 he started his new career in driving management.
In their 11 years as rivals the only driver who achieved more was Michael Schumacher, who said the opponent he most feared the most is Mika Hakkinen.
World Championships 2
Career points 420
Fastest Laps 25
By Wasif Anowar
I interviewed Wasif in December
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