Exclusive interview with Mika Hakkinen

Exclusive interview with Mika Hakkinen

It's been 20 years since Mika Hakkinen made his F1 debut, but the Finn admits it feels like it was yesterday. Simon Strang met with the double world champion to talk about his past, present and future

"Oh my god, is it really that long? That's a long time." We're talking a little over a week and 20 years since Mika Hakkinen made his grand prix debut with Lotus, at Phoenix in 1991 and the Finn shakes his head at the reminder. He's genuinely shocked by the thought.

"It doesn't seem that long ago," he says. "The only way you see the time going past, and the time going forward, is when you see your own children.

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