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Ferrari can be caught says Hakkinen

Ferrari can be caught says Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen, former McLaren double champion and the last man to beat Michael Schumacher for the world title, believes Ferrari can be caught this season. BAR has been closing the gap to the Scuderia in the last couple of races and Hakkinen thinks...

Mika Hakkinen, former McLaren double champion and the last man to beat Michael Schumacher for the world title, believes Ferrari can be caught this season. BAR has been closing the gap to the Scuderia in the last couple of races and Hakkinen thinks Ferrari's advantage is not insurmountable.

Mika Hakkinen.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

"If you look at the lap times, it's a difference of about 0.4 seconds. If one team can get its act together, you could catch that," the Finn told BBC Radio. "Michael is winning all the races so it looks like total domination. But is 0.4secs total domination? I don't think so."

Despite this, Hakkinen is surprised at Ferrari's advantage. Like many, he thought the other teams would be closer to the scarlet duo this season, and that rival tyre manufacturer Michelin would have the edge on Ferrari supplier Bridgestone.

"I thought it was going to be much closer and more competitive than it is," he said. "I thought Michelin was going to be strong and I thought Bridgestone would lose its edge a little bit. I thought maybe Ferrari wouldn't gain so much from last year to this and that the other teams maybe would catch them."

Hakkinen, who won back to back titles in 1998 and 1998, thinks Ferrari's stability gives it the edge. "The total package is very stable and reliable -- the other teams don't have that. Rubens Barrichello and Michael don't argue and fight like little kids," he added. "They are doing their job and delivering good work. The other teams are not. They just have to get better."

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