We’ll see Mika Hakkinen back in a race car this year

At the Suzuka 10 Hours, behind the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3
by Greg Potts | Apr 13, 2019
PHOTO: TopGear.com

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen is set to return to racing later this year. Yep, that’s the very same Mika Hakkinen who can also be described as a 50-year-old father-of-five. Please be our dad, Mika.

The Flying Finn will get behind the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3 for the Suzuka 10 Hours in August, joining two-time Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura and Japanese Formula 3 racer Katsuaki Kubota for the fourth round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

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Hakkinen won back-to-back Formula 1 world titles at the wheel of a McLaren in 1998 and 1999, securing both championships with wins at Suzuka. He’s also no stranger to tin-top racing, having spent three seasons competing in DTM before his retirement in 2007.

Since then, he has engaged in a spot of rallying and entered three races in a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 between 2011 and 2013. He’s clearly finding it difficult to let go.

Think the quinquagenarian will still have what it takes? Remember, this is a man who was described by Michael Schumacher as his greatest ever opponent in F1. Flat out, Mika.

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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