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Mika Hakkinen

Two-time FIA Formula One World Champion (1998-1999)

Double Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen scored back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999 as Lead Driver for the all-conquering McLaren-Mercedes Benz team, achieving unprecedented success in a career almost ended by a serious crash at the Australian Grand Prix in 1995. With 20 Formula One race victories and 51 top-three podium finishes to his credit, he ranks among the most successful drivers of all time. Hakkinen's performances remained at their peak until he opted for a sabbatical after another accident in 2001. He subsequently decided to retire from Formula One at the age of 33. Today he remains closely involved in Formula One through a number of brand ambassadorships and business interests within the sport, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished drivers of the modern era.

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