Mika Hakkinen entered the history books in 1999 when he
became only the seventh man to win two back-to-back World Championships. However, it could
have all been very different following a life-threatening accident in the 1995 Australian
GP when the Finn fractured his skull.
The 32-year-old is entering his ninth season with McLaren, having made his Formula1 debut
with Lotus in 1991. Following a second year with the Lotus, and some time as a McLaren
test driver, he began racing with the Woking based team in 1993.
He waited a long time for his first win, which caused controversy as the team asked his
partner David Coulthard to move over and allow the Finn to take victory in the 1997
European Grand Prix. This win gave Hakkinen the confidence boost he appeared to need and
he went from strength to strength to become World Champion with eight race wins in 1998.
1999 was more of a struggle, despite Michael Schumacher being knocked out of contention at
the British Grand Prix after he broke his leg in a first lap accident, and the Finn
battled with Ferrari driver, Eddie Irvine, until the last race in Japan. However, his
lightening-quick start and renowned cool under pressure saw him win the race and secure a
In 2000 he appeared to lose some focus and lost early ground to both Michael Schumacher
and his team mate, Coulthard, through this and reliability problems. Hakkinen fought back,
and took the lead in the championship standings after an impressive overtaking manouvre,
which saw him pass Schumacher as they both lapped Ricardo Zonta by passing him on either
side, at Spa. However, the German won the next four races in a row and the Finn's
challenge was over.
The birth of his first child, Hugo, before Christmas lead to rumours that his motivation
may suffer in 2001 but Hakkinen has denied them all and says he is ready to fight for his
third championship win this season
||Eighth season at McLaren, he wins four
races and is runner-up in the drivers' championship.
with McLaren. Wins the World Championship for a second time with 5 wins and 76 points.
with McLaren. Wins drivers title with eight race wins, three other podium finishes and 100
with McLaren. Wins his first race in the European Grand Prix and finishes sixth in the
Drivers' Championship with three podium finishes in the bag.
with McLaren. Finishes third in Britain, Belgium, Italy and Japan to come fifth overall.
with McLaren. Finishes second in Italy and Japan. Season is marred by a bad smash in
qualifying at the Australian GP.
||Stays with McLaren. One second place
and five thirds win him 4th place overall.
||After being hired as a test driver, he
makes his debut for McLaren and races in the last three GPs of the season, finishing third
||Finishes 8th with eleven points in his
second season with Lotus
||Makes his Grand Prix debut in the USA
with Lotus, finishing 15th overall
||British Formula 3 Champion with West
||British Formula 3 Championship:
||Opel Lotus Euroseries Champion,
British GM Lotus Series runner-up
||Wins the Finnish, Swedish and Nordic
Formula Ford 1600 titles.