Hakkinen return not automatic says Dennis

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has said that the return of Mika Hakkinen to the team would not be automatically accepted and it remains to be seen if it would be the right decision, should the Finn say he wants to go back. Dennis said providing Hakkinen...

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has said that the return of Mika Hakkinen to the team would not be automatically accepted and it remains to be seen if it would be the right decision, should the Finn say he wants to go back. Dennis said providing Hakkinen with a drive was not a foregone conclusion.

"No. Its not the way it works," he said. "There's nothing automatic about it. If Mika wants to drive then its for us to decide if that's the right thing for the team. Mika, David (Coulthard), Kimi (Raikkonen) and anyone who drives for the team understands that they are an integral part of it but they are not the sole and exclusive part. The team is run by its management, not by its players or particular drivers."

Hakkinen was present at the Monaco Grand Prix, the first race he has attended since taking a year break from F1, but said no decision had been reached by himself regarding getting back behind the wheel. Dennis does not think McLaren's victory in Monaco will influence Hakkinen making his mind up.

"I don't think any singular race is going to have any dramatic influence because he understands Formula One," he commented. "Mika's decision will be made during the course of the next few weeks and I don't think anything that happens this week or this year has any influence on that decision."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Hakkinen
Teams McLaren