Hakkinen returns to F1 in first test

Finnish TV and MTV3 news, 5 Feb 1996 The Finnish formula 1 driver Mika Hakkinen, who suffered a fractured base of scull in qualifying for last year's final GP in Adelaide, has made a successful return to the wheel of the McLaren-Mercedes ...

Finnish TV and MTV3 news, 5 Feb 1996

The Finnish formula 1 driver Mika Hakkinen, who suffered a fractured base of scull in qualifying for last year's final GP in Adelaide, has made a successful return to the wheel of the McLaren-Mercedes today.

87 days after his crash in Adelaide, ren a total of 66 of laps in his first run with the revised McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10 at the Le Castellet track in France. He recorded a time of 1:08.8 in his first run, only marginally slower than Rubens Barrichello's time yesterday in a Jordan-Peugeot.

In his second run, Hakkinen pushed hard and got down to 1:07.1, which is 0.5s faster than the 1:07.6 Michael Schumacher achieved earlier this winter with his Ferrari, and 1.2s faster than Heinz-Harald Frentzen's best time of 1:08.3 in a Sauber-Ford.

Alain Prost and Keke Rosberg, Hakkinen's manager, were at the track, too. So was Norbert Haug of Mercedes, who commented: "Mika's performance was extremely promising after a 3 month break."

Hakkinen will be attending a press conference next Sunday where the 1996 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/11 is to be unveiled for the public for the first time.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Rubens Barrichello , Mika Hakkinen , Norbert Haug , Alain Prost , Keke Rosberg
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Jordan