Mika Häkkinen won the F1 Series World Championship twice in a McLaren stable car in 1998 and 1999. Häkkinen's rise to become a two-time World Champion in the wake of a life-threatening driving accident in Australia in 1995 is a wonderful story.
During his glorious career, Cage had a special relationship specifically with the McLaren tallow.
The very unfortunate accident has its own sad figure, but Häkkinen's journey to become a celebrated champion and the number one name of the renowned McLaren stable was not a mere march of joy anyway.
Häkkinen joined McLaren at the age of 24 from Lotus in 1993. He started at McLaren as a test driver.
The legendary Ayrton Senna continued that season at the end of phased negotiations at McLaren and the second race driver was the hired American CART champion Michael Andretti.
The cage was trained at McLaren from time to time in harsh words.
This is evidenced by the team’s 1993 series The Team: A Season With McLaren documentary.
It was once shown, at least on the BBC.
There is a section in the series where the McLaren team tests their drives in Silverstone.
The drivers present are Häkkinen and Andretti.
In particular, testing of Ford's new engine version is planned.
The documentary shows Häkkinen working closely with engineer Giorgio Ascanelli.
Initially, it is suspected that there is some malfunction in the engine, as Häkkinen's lap times are not at the desired level and he loses time, especially in a certain part of the track.
In addition, Häkkinen estimates in his feedback that the car's brakes are not all right.
He also considers the effect of wind on the behavior of his vehicle.
Mika Häkkinen thought about his interruption in Monaco in 1995. Photo: Christian Westerback
As the tests progress, however, Ascanelli begins to suspect more and more that the biggest problem is driving Häkkinen and his lost self-confidence.
To confirm this view, Ascanelli shows Häkkinen printouts in which a computer has graphically analyzed the laps driven by Häkkinen and Andretti and their pace at different points on the track.
You can see some amusing features in the threshing of the matter, but from Häkkinen's point of view, the hustle and bustle appears to be a tough school and even a kind of revenge.
Ascanelli announces that the information written in black on paper describes Häkkinen's driving and the information written in green describes Andretti.
At the same time, Ascanelli points out that Andretti brakes in corners later than Häkkinen.
Häkkinen, sitting in the car, looks at the papers confused.
- So Michael's driving is black, he asks.
- No, you're black, Ascanelli replies.
- So I'll brake later, Häkkinen asks.
- No, Michael brakes later, Ascanelli says indignantly.
Ascanelli then takes the papers frustratedly out of Häkkinen's hands and ashes his head as he spins.
- We have either a problem in the car or a fault in the brain!
Ascanelli then reports to team manager Dave Ryan that Häkkinen has run into problems with his self-confidence.
In addition, Ascanelli estimates that Häkkinen is embarrassed that Andretti is simply faster.
Mika Häkkinen retired from below to the stable in Germany in 1995. Photo: Christian Westerback
One way or another, however, at the end of the 1993 season, Häkkinen put flour in the mouth of many skeptics.
Uncertainly performing in the race, Andretti received the starting passes and Häkkinen took the place of the American as the race driver.
Häkkinen showed his skills and speed already in his first McLaren race in September at the Portuguese GP.
Häkkinen immediately beat Senna in the time trial, who was known specifically for his mute performances in the time trial.
Häkkinen reached the third starting box and Senna was fourth.
In the race itself, Häkkinen interrupted due to the exit and Senna's trip ended in a technical failure.
In the next race in Japan, both McLaren men stood on the podium when Senna won and Häkkinen was third.
Manager and helmsman Keke Rosberg directed Mika Häkki resolutely towards fame and fortune. Photo: Sutton Motorsports / Zuma
Häkkinen remained loyal to McLaren until the end of his F1 career, although the performance of the team’s drivers clearly declined in the mid-1990s.
A new rise was seen in the 1997 season, and Häkkinen finally grabbed the first GP victory of his career in Jerez, Spain.
In the seasons of 1998 and 1999, the Finn celebrated world championships with joy.
Mika Häkkinen was later celebrated as the hero McLaren. Photo: Christian Westerback
Häkkinen ended his F1 career in McLaren's overalls after the 2001 season.
He achieved a total of 20 GP victories.
He grabbed them all with McLaren.