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Hakkinen Crashes out, suffers concussion
March 4th, 2001

The start of the race

McLaren's former world champion Mika Hakkinen crashed out of Sunday's Australian Formula One Grand Prix while running in second place. Adrian Newey, McLaren's technical director confirmed that Mika Hakkinen suffered a concussion after his high-speed exit from the Australian Grand Prix.

Hakkinen went out of the race with suspected rear suspension failure on lap 26 as he attempted to overhaul Michael Schumacher's lead at Albert Park. Newey said the impact of a collision with a tyre barrier left the Finn concussed and the team were concerned the same problem could hinder Hakkinen's team-mate David Coulthard. "At the moment we don't know exactly what happened," Newey said. "It is suspected suspension or brake problems.

"All we can say is that Mika was very shaken and he is suffering from slight concussion. There are marks on his helmet. Obviously we were very concerned for David (Coulthard) at the time." Coulthard eventually finished second behind Schumacher in the race. It was the second year in a row that Hakkinen had failed to finish in the season-opening race.

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