McLaren denies Hakkinen rumors

Team McLaren has officially denied the rumors of Mika Hakkinen retiring at the end of the 2000 season. A number of sources have suggested that the double world champion may be looking forward to retirement at the end of this season. Especially...

Team McLaren has officially denied the rumors of Mika Hakkinen retiring at the end of the 2000 season.

A number of sources have suggested that the double world champion may be looking forward to retirement at the end of this season. Especially if he were to win an unprecedented third consecutive championship this year, Hakkinen would be retiring at the peak of his career, and avoiding the the embarrassing career decline -- such as those experienced by champions like Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Emerson Fittipaldi.

"There is absolutely no element of truth in [this rumor]," said the spokesman. "We have a long-term contract with Mika."

While Hakkinen now has re-established his drive for the third championship with recent good results, the rumor mill has persisted with suggestions that Jacques Villeneuve might be looking to bail from still-struggling BAR and move to McLaren.

However, if Hakkinen does decide to continue beyond this season, the Canadian's only chance at McLaren would be to displace David Coulthard -- but Coulthard's improved performances this year seem to make this scenario unlikely at this point in time.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Jacques Villeneuve , Nigel Mansell , Nelson Piquet , Emerson Fittipaldi
Teams McLaren