Irvine says Hakkinen won't be back

Mika Hakkinen put in an appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend but didn't reveal his intentions about returning to Formula One. The Finn, on a sabbatical year from McLaren, said he hadn't made his mind up yet about whether he would come...

Mika Hakkinen put in an appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend but didn't reveal his intentions about returning to Formula One. The Finn, on a sabbatical year from McLaren, said he hadn't made his mind up yet about whether he would come back to racing. Jaguar's Eddie Irvine believes Hakkinen won't be back.

"He (Hakkinen) turned up at the start of proceedings to explain he still had not made up his mind and would probably decide his future in the next few weeks," Irvine said. "Take it from me, he will not be back. He told me as much last season and I see no reason why he should change his mind. Why would he give up retirement and climb back into a McLaren that is continually being thrashed by the Ferraris? The only reason for a comeback would be because he needed the money. But I bet he has a few quid stashed away."

Hakkinen sad he would expect to drive for McLaren if he does return, which could present the Woking team with a problem. Boss Ron Dennis said that Hakkinen has always had a contract with the team but with David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen also on the books, who would have to make way for Hakkinen?

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren