Mika Pauli Häkkinen
1968 - Mika Pauli Häkkinen, born on the 28th of September in Vantaa, Finland. He is a Finnish racing driver and two-time Formula One champion. He is considered by many to have been Michael Schumacher's greatest rival in Formula One.
1982 - World Champion Keke Rosberg helped him by arranging him sponsorship that aided the Finn through the junior categories of open wheel racing.
1986 - He had won five karting championships.
1990 - The "New Flying Finn" won three Scandinavian championships, then the Opel Lotus Euroseries championship before winning the British Formula Three championship and coming close to winning the Macau Grand Prix, which resulted in his promotion to Formula One with the Lotus team.
1991 - He joined Lotus.
1993 - Joined McLaren as test driver with a view to being promoted to the race team.
1994 - With Senna departing to Williams, he became McLaren team leader with Martin Brundle as his teammate.
1995 - At the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, he had a tyre failure during free practice, which resulted in him crashing heavily into the wall.
1996 - The 96' season saw McLaren improve; Mercedes-Benz were in their second season of engine supply to the team and he managed to return to the podium, although his first win still eluded him.
1998 - He is married to Erja Honkanen.
2000 - As a double World Champion, he had joined an elite group of drivers.
- This was the last point in his career when he was both the reigning world champion and also leading the world championship of the current year, as in the next Grand Prix Schumacher took over the Championship lead, which he was to ascertain in an epic duel with Mika at the 00' Japanese Grand Prix.
2001 - He took part in what would prove to be his last season of Formula One.
2004 - Announced plans for a Grand Prix comeback and held talks with Williams for 05'.
2006 - He again competed in the DTM championships with Mercedes, although it was a more difficult season, with a couple of second places his best results.
- At the 06' Goodwood Festival Of Speed, he drove the 05' McLaren-Mercedes MP4-20.
2007 - On the 26th January, it was confirmed on www.dtm.de that he would stay on at Mercedes for a third season in the series.
- On 20th May, after a comprehensive display, he secured his second win during the third round in Lausitzring.
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