Mika Hakkinen & Lewis Hamilton

Finnish race car driver Mika Häkkinen, was Born September 28th 1968

Finnish racing driver and two-time Formula One World Champion. Mika Häkkinen was born 28 September 1968 in Vantaa near Helsinki. After success in karting and a near win at the 1990 Macau Grand Prix, Häkkinen joined Lotus in 1991 where he remained until 1992. Häkkinen joined McLaren as a test driver in 1993 initally as a backup for Ayrton Senna and took on the responsibility of race driver after Michael Andretti was dismissed by the team after that year’s Italian Grand prix. In 1994, he became the lead driver after Senna  left to join Williams.

Following a life-threatening injury during qualifying for the 1995 Australian Grand Prix, Häkkinen made a considerable improvement in 1996 and took his first victory at the 1997 European Grand Prix. Häkkinen won back to back titles in 1998-99. 2000 saw the year that Häkkinen conceded the title to Schumacher with 2001 yelding two victories and the announcement of a sabbatical that later turned into retirement.After retiring from Formula One, Häkkinen has driven in the DTM series where he won three races with Mercedes before retiring in 2007

Lewis Hamilton signs three year deal to drive for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton recently signed a three year deal to race for Mercedes from next season. The decision to leave McLaren after a 14-year association with the team has been described by one source close to Hamilton as “the toughest of his career”.The 27 year-old replaces Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, with the 43 year-old seven-times champion now likely to retire from Formula One for a second time.

Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning, which I share. (The 1930’s silver Arrows cars were awesome.).Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said: “I am delighted to welcome Lewis Hamilton to our team, who will now team up with close friend Nico Rosberg at Mercedes. McLaren announced earlier this morning that Sergio Perez would be their replacement for Hamilton, the 22 year-old Mexican signing a multi-year contract with the Woking-based marque.

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