Former World Champion turned driver manager Mika Häkkinen has offered his services to McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who has been on the lookout for a replacement manager ever since he fell out with his father (and then-manager), Anthony, over a year ago.
Since then, Hamilton has assumed responsibility for his own affairs, although it is now understood that the 2008 World Champion is looking to appoint a new manager, with an announcement expected shortly. Former Grand Prix driver and BBC’s lead commentator Martin Brundle had also been linked with the Briton.
Häkkinen – who won the 1998 and 1999 championship crowns before retiring at the end of 2001 – took all of his twenty career victories with McLaren, and is widely regarded as one of the team’s favourite sons.
“All the reports that you saw linking me and my management to Lewis have been purely speculation,” Häkkinen is quoted with India’s F1 Pulse.
“We have known Lewis for many years and he knows us. So he knows that if he needs something, we will be there. For the rest, it is entirely his choice,” he added.
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