Mika Häkkinen

Mika Häkkinen



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What he offers

Instead of a keynote speech he prefers question & answer format.

How he presents

During Q&A session he answers all kind of questions related to his professional experience.

Mika Hakkinen, nicknamed “the Flying Finn”, is a retired Finnish professional racing driver. He is the 1998 and 1999 Formula One World Champion, driving for McLaren and has been ranked among the greatest Formula One drivers in various motorsport polls. Hakkinen currently works in driver management and is a brand ambassador for various companies.

Hakkinen began his career in karting at the age of five and achieved success by winning regional and national kart championships. He clinched his first Formula One victory in 1997. He went on to win eight races of the 1998 season, securing the World Drivers’ Championship at the season ending Japanese Grand Prix; his success also helped McLaren secure the World Constructors’ Championship. Hakkinen repeated his World Championship success in 1999, taking five victories. He finished as runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship in 2000, behind Michael Schumacher and secured two more victories in 2001 before announcing a sabbatical from the sport, which became full-time retirement in mid-2002. For 2005, he moved to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series, where he secured his first victory that year. Hakkinen’s form faded during 2006 although he secured two more victories in 2007. Hakkinen retired from top level active motorsport at the end of 2007 and has also competed in sports car racing with Mercedes-Benz. He also subsequently moved into driver management along with becoming a brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker and Mercedes-Benz AMG.

Presentation Languages: English

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