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Double Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen scored back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999 as lead driver for the all-conquering McLaren-Mercedes Benz team, achieving unprecedented success in a career almost ended by a serious accident crash at the Australian Grand Prix in 1995.

With 20 Formula One race victories and 51 top-three podium finishes to his credit, he ranks among the most successful drivers of all time.

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From his very first Formula One drive in an uncompetitive Lotus in Phoenix in March 1991, it wasclear that Hakkinen possessed the talent to reach the top. The blond Finn with a quiet, highly focused personality, was a graduate of karting and the Opel Lotus Euroseries and won the BritishFormula 3 Championship in 1990.

At the end of 1992, Hakkinen was signed as the test driver for the 1993 season by McLaren, whose front line dr...

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