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For better or for worse, here is a selection of quotes from the man himself...

After the 2nd round of the 1998 Season
Hakkinen:
I don't think they can catch us! We are also going to continue working hard in all areas - engine, tires chassis, etcetera. and the whole team will be working even harder, including David and me. They will get closer to us, for sure, though I don't know how much. But unless the regulations are changed, or something like that, it will take a little miracle to catch us.

Brazil 1998 - Post Race Interview
Interviewer:
You set pole position and 10 fastest laps during the race today, was there anything else that you could have done?

Hakkinen: [pauses] No.

Audience member: Take a coffee?

Hakkinen: Yeah, probably!

Spain 1998 - Post Race Interview
Audio Clip 1 (mp3 file 43KB)
Interviewer:
Mika, the perfect flags to lights victory. It looked very easy, was it?

Hakkinen: Oh yeah it was so easy, you can't believe it.

[Long pause, silence]

Hakkinen: No it wasn't.

Audio Clip 2(mp3 file 39KB)
Hakkinen: When you lead, you have to like put a double...er, er uhh concentration because you know...you just have to.


 

Mika Hakkinen
Mika Hakkinen
F1 World Champion 1998 and 1999

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