Hakkinen would only return to ‘kick some butt’

Date published: October 15 2018

Mika Hakkinen reckons it would be “quite possible” to return to racing but he would only do it if he could “kick some butt.”

The Finn retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2001, calling it quits after 11 seasons, 20 race wins and two World titles.

He made a brief return to the Formula 1 race-track at Suzuka when he drove his 1998 title-winning McLaren in a demostration run.

This raised some questions about whether the Flying Finn would be open to a return.

He told Autosport: “I think it could be quite possible, quite easily, because I have the muscles for driving – I’ve done driving for so many years.

“I’m also a brand ambassador for Hintsa Performance, so I think they would help me a lot because they are taking care of many, many grand prix drivers in the field.

“All those kind of aspects are in the right place, so it would not be too difficult.

“But if you go out there you want to win, you don’t want to finish second or third.

“You want to win and kick some butt.”

Following his Formula 1 exit, Hakkinen raced in DTM where he won three races before officially retiring from all racing in 2007.

He added: “I thought about it [a return to racing ] quite often. If I would do some kind of racing I think it would be exciting to do something.

“But honestly it takes time, it’s a commitment. I’m quite busy with my brand ambassador work with the company and five kids at home, that’s not a holiday either.

“If I add something in my life more it just takes time away from the family and the work I do for the company. It has to be balanced.”