Mika Hakkinen was a frontrunner in the DTM championship

Two-time Formula 1 champion and former DTM race-winner Mika Häkkinen will sample Mercedes’ new DTM C-Coupe at the carmaker’s upcoming test at Spain’s Monteblanco circuit, sparking rumours that the 43-year-old could be harbouring comeback aspirations…

Mika Hakkinen returned to competitive driving at the ILMC round at Zhuhai The Finn made a surprise return to racing at the season-ending Intercontinental Le Mans Cup round at Zhuhai last month in a Mercedes SLS GT3 entry (which retired from the race).

His upcoming outing with Mercedes will mark his first DTM outing with the squad since he retired from the series at the end of 2007. He raced in the championship for three seasons, earning wins at Spa-Francorchamps, Lausitzring and Mugello.

“After having seen the regulations for 2012 I just had to find out what’s different between the ‘old’ DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class and the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe,” Häkkinen said.

“Thanks a lot to Norbert Haug and HWA’s Gerhard Ungar for offering me the chance of testing the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe. Having the opportunity to drive a new Mercedes always represents a major pleasure for me.”

With the Helsinki-born driver having made a return behind the wheel last month, the announcement of this test has set tongues wagging that he could be harbouring plans to return to competitive racing once again.

But Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug has quashed these rumours.

“He has been a member of the Mercedes-Benz family since 1995 and secured two Formula 1 World Championship titles with McLaren and us to afterwards successfully compete in DTM, with Mercedes-Benz,” the German added.

“This test was a desire of both Mika and us and you shouldn’t draw any further conclusions from the fact that he is going to test the car.”

[Images via LAT and XPB]

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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.