taking the 2002 season out as a sabbatical, Mika announced that he
was retiring from F1. His reaons were that he wanted to spend more time with his family and did not want to hurt himself.
a few years he was the only real competition for Michael Schumacher.
After that it was left to Ralf, Montoya, Raikonnen and then Alonso to pick up the gauntlet.
will remain in place.
June 2004: Despite rumours in the press about a return to F1, Mika told Finnish journalists he does not plan to come back.
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is the 1998 and 1999 FIA Formula One World Champion. He won
this title driving for team West McLaren Mercedes. Whilst Hakkinen
won the Driver's Championship in 1998, the team took the Constructors
title, thanks in part to team mate David
Coulthard. In 1999 Hakkinen clinched the Driver's title
for a second time in the final race of the season at Suzuka,
Japan. Scuderia Ferrari took the Constructor's Title. In 2000,
Michael Schumacher and Ferrari took both titles, it being Schumacher's
third in his life and Ferrari's first Driver's title in 21 years.
1998 the McLaren pair dominated the season, thanks to the outright
superiority of the Adrian Newey engineered car. The only challenge
was from Ferrari, who managed to improve their car in the mid
and latter parts of the season, although it was still not up
to the same level as the McLaren. Michael
Schumacher was however able to use it as a tool to provide
a challenge to Hakkinen for the driver's title, the last race
of the season at Suzuka, Japan was the decider.
the McLaren team decided to go for an all new car, rather than
improving upon the 1998 chassis and entering with that. Although
the car was fast they experienced reliability problems during
the early part of the season. The Ferrari team had also closed
the gap significantly and were pressing for the championship
themselves. However, Michael Schumacher crashed out at the British
GP due to rear brake malfunction, leaving a somewhat incapable
Eddie Irvine to take over the mantle. Although the championship
went down to the wire, the very last race of the season, Mika
once again reclaimed his title. He led the race from the beginning
and finished first.
Ferrari closed down somewhat the technical advantage that McLaren
had enjoyed in previous years. This allowed for a more competitive
environment and a true battle between the McLarens and Ferraris
for the World Championship. Unfortunately McLaren seemed to
have their unluckiest season for a long time, with rule infringements
and crazy men on track all losing them valuable points. After
Hakkinen placed second in the World Championship
he graciously accepted Schumacher's win.
not so good for Mika, he suffered with an unreliable car among
other things. At the end of the season he decided to take a
sabbatical year out during 2002.
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1998, 1999 Formula 1 World Champion
Ultimate F1 Review of 1999
a Hakkinen fan, this is the Formula One yearbook you're looking
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who features on the cover! There is no better way to keep a
record of Mika's stunning second title victory. Any Hakkinen
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contains a photographic review of the entire 1999 World Championship
season, combined with detailed reports and analyses of each
of the sixteen Grand Prix races. For each race a two-page spread
shows the starting line-up, a detailed account of the race and
the result, together with a description of the circuit, the
weather conditions on the day of the race, and the particular
issues and talking points that dominated discussion at the time.
Other chapters focus on the key issues of the season, illustrated
with photographs and superb cut-away drawings of the main competing
cars. Finally, the book contains a 100-page portfolio of glorious
colour photographs covering the entire season. Relive the action
and excitement of Formula One with this definitive record of
a memorable World Championship season! Click
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