Hakkinen not ready to retire for good

Mika Hakkinen is still insisting that he will return to F1 in 2003. In an interview with Die Welt, a leading German magazine, he stated that he would take up where he left off at the end of this season - although with McLaren holding the contracts...

Mika Hakkinen is still insisting that he will return to F1 in 2003. In an interview with Die Welt, a leading German magazine, he stated that he would take up where he left off at the end of this season - although with McLaren holding the contracts of Coulthard, Raikkonen, Wurz and Heidfeld it remains to be seen if Hakkinen will be able to fit back in.

"Yes, I want to drive again in 2003," he declared. "In my opinion, McLaren-Mercedes is the only team that can afford so to speak to keep high quality drivers on the bench.

"In any case, it will be a difficult decision for Ron Dennis," Hakkinen continued. "David Coulthard has already asked me if I wanted to test in 2002. Since the team is changing their tyre supplier from Bridgestone to Michelin, it would in fact be extremely important to obtain the results from several different drivers."

"But for the time being, I am still in the phase in which I wish to spend as much time as possible with my family. The problem of a return is not linked to the physical condition but rather to the cars' rapid technical development. That's why I will concentrate on electronic fine tuning."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren