More rallying for Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen looks set to take part in more rally challenges after competing in the Arctic Lapland Rally in Finland last weekend. It was Hakkinen's first competitive drive since he retired from Formula One and the former double world champion...

Mika Hakkinen looks set to take part in more rally challenges after competing in the Arctic Lapland Rally in Finland last weekend. It was Hakkinen's first competitive drive since he retired from Formula One and the former double world champion said his 29th place finish in the rally was a personal victory.

"It was a very difficult and tiring rally," Hakkinen said at the end. "The last special stage was very demanding as it was long and foggy and I didn't want to screw up so close to the finish line. It is a personal victory for me and for Team Mitsubishi. We had to fight through bright sunshine right in my face, darkness, reindeers crossing the road, all things that I'm not used to seeing during a race!"

Hakkinen drove a Mitsubishi Lancer, alongside Arto Kapanen, and finished twenty minutes behind the winner, Janne Tuohino in a Ford Focus. The rally started and finished in Rovaniemi city centre and Tuohino completed the event in just over two and a quarter hours.

Although Hakkinen initially said the Arctic rally would be a one off, he has gradually been changing his mind. Just prior to the event he decided future involvement in any more rallies would depend on how well he did in this one. Now the Finn seems to be have been bitten by the driving bug once more: "This will not be my last rally," he confirmed. "It seems I enjoy driving more and more."

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Series Formula 1 , Other rally
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Janne Tuohino