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Häkkinen 2: The return of Mika - How Mika got on during his brief F1 comeback

Published by Christine

The morning was chilly but clear when Mika Häkkinen made his tentative return to the F1 track. Behind the wheel of a McLaren, the former world champion began his warm up.

A few laps later, it was obvious that the Finn hadn't driven an F1 car competitively since 2001. After 16 laps, Häkkinen was as many seconds off the pace, but the times gradually crept down and by the end of the day he was only 3 seconds behind the others. Still the slowest man on the track, but what do you expect from a five year absence?

Häkkinen obviously enjoyed it.

Although it was great fun today, I also had to do some serious work for the team, as any feedback I could give them from today's experience will help them with their preparations. As a result I was really pushing to try and do the best job that I could.

- Mika Häkkinen