Mika Pauli Hakkinen
The Flying Finn (as he signs himself)
Date of Birth: 28th September 1968
Place of Birth: Vantaa
(near Helsinki), Finland
Blood Type: A RH+
Carlo, Monaco since 1991
Status: Married to Erja Honkanen (aged 36) since
Saturday May 30th 1998
Children: Hugo, son.
Family: Harri, Father, Aila, Mother and Nina Hakkinen,
Pets: Clarence the turtle.
Favourite Music: Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins, J.Karjalainen
Hobbies: Skiing, swimming, tennis, scuba diving
Manager: Keijo "Keke" Rosberg
Car: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Plane: Mitsubishi MU2B twin engine propeller aircraft
Mika and Erja live together on the 9th floor of the
apartment building 'Le Schuylkill', Boulevard de Suisse 19 in
Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is a big grey building with blue
sun-shades. From their balcony there is an excellent view of
the first corner (Ste Devote) and the long straight of the Monaco
Mika has been known to go training on the beach, and works
out in the Loews Hotel's fitness suite. His favourite
bar in Monte Carlo is the "Stars and Bars", which
is situated next to the Monaco Yacht Club. The Cafe de
Paris is also a popular destination for a coffee.
Keke Rosberg was born in Stockholm, Sweden on 6 December
1948 and is now a Finnish citizen. He himself was a racing
driver and held the Formula 1 World Championship title in 1982
with the Williams Ford team. In 1986 he retired from racing
and the year later became Hakkinen's manager. He also
managed another Finnish driver J J Lehto.
Mika explains how he chose his helmet's paint scheme:
the design of my helmet when I was kart racing for the 'Blue
Rose Team'. The basic design includes the Finnish national colours
and I thought that was neat. I was in the same team as the rally
drivers Mika Sohlberg and Sebastian Lindholm who went for very
similar helmet designs to mine."
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