Mika Hakkinen Don’t panic! Mika is not pondering a comeback to a driver’s cockpit!

Double World Champion Mika Hakkinen is considering a full-time return to Formula 1 – as a driver manager!

Admitting he still feels a lure for the sport – although not to the extent that his fierce rival, Michael Schumacher, is doing – The Finn told Bild am Sonntag: I miss racing every day. It’s very close to my heart.”

Hakkinen won titles in 1998 and 1999 with McLaren before retiring from F1 competition at the end of the following year. He later competed in the DTM championship between 2005-7, and was praised by Michael Schumacher as one of the toughest drivers he has ever competed against.

"I’ll be back but I don’t know when or where. I just know that I will do it again,” Hakkinen added. "Perhaps I will come back to F1 as a manager.”

To Lewis Hamilton, perhaps?

Hakkinen also added that he expects Schumacher to improve in the coming races, but acknowledged the fickle nature of the sport.

"F1 will not give him any time," he said. "It knows no mercy and allows you no excuses."

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.