Mika Pauli Häkkinen (Vantaa, 28 September 1968) is a Finnish former racing driver, two times Formula 1 World Champion in 1998 and 1999.
After several victories in minor categories, he debuted in Formula 1 in 1991 with Lotus, with which he drove for the fist years. His name is connected to McLaren, for which he raced from 1993 to 2001 winning 20 Grand Prix.
At the end of 90’s he became famous for his sporting rivalry with Michael Schumacher. Indeed the German racing driver Schumacher claimed that Häkkinen had been the rival he most respected in his Formula 1 career.
- Mika Häkkinen was the proud owner of this MOMO steering wheel in our collection and it was assembled on Lotus 102B. The two-time champion made his debut with the Lotus team, which in 1991 raced a car that was not up to the same level as that he would later handle with the British team. Nevertheless, the skilled Finnish driver managed to place 5th at the San Marino Grand Prix, finishing in 17th position in the driver standings. A debut that certainly did not go unnoticed.
- 1992 saw the Scandinavian driver in a Lotus car, in which this MOMO steering wheel was assembled. Compared to the previous season, the car had a markedly improved performance and was, therefore, more competitive. This, together with his immense driving talent, allowed Häkkinen to achieve several championship points: a 6th place at the Mexican GP, a 4th at the French GP, a 6th at the British GP, a 4th at the Hungarian GP, a 6th at the Belgian GP and finally a 4th place at the Portuguese GP. He finished in 8th position in the year’s driver standings, an excellent result for a driver in only his second year in the top tier of racing.
- Mika Häkkinen was the proud owner of this PERSONAL steering wheel in our collection. 1993 saw the Scandinavian driver switch to McLaren, which did let him go for the next 8 years until he decided to draw his career at the top to an end. In 1994, behind the wheel of the McLaren MP4/8, the star claimed 4th place in the driver standings as a result of 6 podium finishes. Besides that brilliant result, it was unfortunately an Annus Horribilis for Formula 1, since during the tests and, later, in the actual race of the San Marino Grand Prix two drivers tragically died: debutant Roland Ratzenberger and the three-time champion Ayrton Senna.
(Source: Wikipedia; Formula1.com)