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Encyclopedia > Mika Häkkinen
Mika Häkkinen
Nationality Finnish
Active Years 1991 - 2001
Team(s) Lotus, McLaren
Race starts 165
Championships 2
Wins 20
Podium finishes 51
Pole positions 26
Fastest laps 25
First Grand Prix 1991 United States Grand Prix
First win 1997 European Grand Prix
Last win 2001 United States Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 2001 Japanese Grand Prix
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Mika Häkkinen at the 2000 United States Grand Prix

Mika Pauli Häkkinen (b. September 28, 1968) is a Finnish racing driver, two-time Formula One driver's champion. Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports cars and racing cars based in Hethel, Norfolk, formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. ... The name McLaren can refer to the following: Bruce McLaren, racing driver and founder of the Team McLaren racing team Team McLaren, racing team which is most noted as a Formula One constructor but has also competed in Le Mans, CanAm, and Indianapolis 500 McLaren Group, corporation consisting of eight... The FIA has awarded the Formula One World Drivers Championship (abbr. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Results from the 1991 Formula One United States Grand Prix held at Phoenix on March 10, 1991 Classification Notes Fastest Lap: Jean Alesi 126. ... The United States Grand Prix is a motor racing event which has taken place at various times since 1959 in several locations, at first as a part of the American Grand Prize series and later as a race in the Formula One World Championship. ... Results from the 1997 Formula One European Grand Prix held at Jerez on October 26, 1997 Classification Notes Fastest Lap: Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1m 23. ... The European Grand Prix is a Formula One event that was held during the mid-1980s and has been held mostly regularly since 1993. ... Results from the 2001 Formula One United States Grand Prix held at Indianapolis on September 30, 2001 Classification Notes Fastest Lap: Juan Pablo Montoya 1m 14. ... The United States Grand Prix is a motor racing event which has taken place at various times since 1959 in several locations, at first as a part of the American Grand Prize series and later as a race in the Formula One World Championship. ... Results from the 2001 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix held at Suzuka on October 14, 2001 Classification Notes Fastest Lap: Ralf Schumacher 1m 36. ... Since its first inclusion in the Formula One Championship, the Japanese Grand Prix has become synonymous with excitement and controversy. ... Mika Häkkinen, USGP, 2000, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Mika Häkkinen, USGP, 2000, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Results from the 2000 Formula One United States Grand Prix held at Indianapolis on September 24, 2000 Classification Notes Fastest Lap: David Coulthard 1m 14. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years). ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ... Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel formula auto racing. ...


Born in Vantaa, Finland, like most champion racing drivers he raced karts from the age of 5, winning a succession of regional and national championships before transferring to full-sized machines. Gaining the attention of managers with a win in the British Formula 3 championship in 1990, he joined the Lotus F1 team in 1991. Location within Finland Vantaa (Vanda in Swedish) is a municipality in Finland. ... A kart racer takes a turn on an indoor track Kart racing (as the word is so spelled by enthusiasts) or karting is a variant of open-wheeler motor sport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. ... Formula Three is a class of auto racing. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports cars and racing cars based in Hethel, Norfolk, formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Shifting to McLaren in 1993, he had a succession of mediocre (by McLaren's standards) mid-field championship results through the 1990s until the car was finally perfected and he won the championship in 1998 and 1999. For a time Häkkinen had a reputation as a reckless driver and in 1995 was nearly killed in a crash at the Australian Grand Prix, only being saved by an emergency tracheoctomy. This incident forged a strong bond between Häkkinen and Ron Dennis. McLaren, founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren (1937-1970), is a racing team based in Woking, England, which is best known as a Formula One constructor but has also competed in the Indianapolis 500, Canadian-American Challenge Cup, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Events and trends Technology The World Wide Web was born at CERN Explosive growth of the Internet; decrease in the cost of computers and other technology Reduction in size and cost of mobile phones leads to a massive surge in their popularity Year 2000 problem (commonly known as Y2K) Microsoft... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure used to cut a hole in the trachea through which a small tube is inserted. ... Ron Dennis CBE is the chairman and CEO of the McLaren Group (of which he owns 30%), and also the team principal of the Team McLaren Formula One constructor. ...


After struggling against the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher in 2000 and 2001, Häkkinen spent the 2002 season "on sabbatical", but announced his permanent retirement during the season. The Ferrari Gestione Industriale logo, (C) Ferrari Press Office Ferrari is an Italian manufacturer of racing cars and high-performance sports cars formed by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. ... Michael Schumacher (born January 3, 1969) is a German Formula One (F1) driver. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Assessing Häkkinen's true talent against Schumacher's benchmark is, like any such comparison, quite difficult. Though they raced each other in the 1990 F3 championship, the differences between the two F1 cars more often than not dwarfs the difference in driver ability at this rarefied level. Whilst most judges rate Schumacher the superior driver, Häkkinen was certainly good enough to beat his highly-regarded teammate David Coulthard to win the championship when McLaren had the best car on the grid. Häkkinen's maiden grand prix win in the last race of the 1997 season courted some controversy as some believed Dennis and Frank Williams had done a deal to assist each other against Ferrari. In 1999 Schumacher sat out most of the season due to injuries. David Coulthard driving for the McLaren Formula One team at the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix David Coulthard (born March 27, 1971 in Twynholm, Scotland), is a British Formula One racing driver for Red Bull Racing. ...


In November 2004 it was announced Häkkinen would be driving for Mercedes in the German Touring car series (DTM) in 2005. Three races into the current DTM season, he lies joint second in the series, scoring his first win at Spa-Francorchamps. The word Mercedes can refer to a number of things: A brand of automobiles and trucks: Mercedes-Benz, brand of automobiles and trucks from the German automobile manufacturer DaimlerChrysler A number of places: Mercedes, Buenos Aires province, Argentina Mercedes, Eastern Samar, Philippines Mercedes, Texas, United States Mercedes, Soriano department, Uruguay... DTM is the initials for the current Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, formerly known as Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touringcar Championship), a motorsport series based in Germany, but with rounds held all over Europe. ... The route of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps as laid out for the Belgian Grand Prix The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is the famous venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix and the SPA 24 Hours endurance race. ...


Häkkinen is married to his wife Erja and has one son, Hugo, and a daughter, Aina. They currently resident in Monaco.


 
 

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