Famously described by 7-times World Champion Michael Schumacher as being the only driver he truly feared, Mika Häkkinen’s battles with a German ace are still talked about in F1 circles.
Mika Häkkinen started his career at McLaren in 1993, when he joined as a test driver. After the return of Andretti to the US, Häkkinen stepped in to replace him. He made his F1 debut by outqualifying the legendary, Ayrton Senna in Portugal.
In 1997, Häkkinen won his first Grand Prix at Jerez, while in 1998, he won his first World Championship, where he came first in eight of the sixteen races. in 1999 Mika once again became World Champion.
Mika decided to retire at the peak of his career at 33. In 2005, he returned to racing as a Mercedes-Benz driver in the DTM, German Touring Car Championship. He stayed for three seasons before retiring from the sport in 2007.
Known as one of the greatest ever F1 racing drivers, Finnish former competitor, Mika Häkkinen is an instantly recognisable motorist. Having enjoyed over thirty years at an elite level of the sport, Mika is an undeniable great on the racing circuit.
Actively involved in the sport including as a brand ambassador for McLaren, the team with which he won both titles, Mika enjoys talking about the importance of team work, focus, mindfulness and the combination of talent and technology required to win. As a 20-times Grand Prix winner, he knows more than most about what it takes to win – and keep on winning.
One of the sport’s real superstars, Mika Häkkinen enjoys sharing the experiences gained during his formidable career, including surviving a life-threatening accident at the 1995 Australian Grand Prix. Originally team mate to the legendary Ayrton Senna, his is a story worth listening to.
As a speaker, Mika offers an insider perspective on a top flight motorsports, and shares the ups and downs of his formidable career through an entertaining after dinner speech.