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Double Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen has announced his retirement. The Finn made his announcement at Mercedes' annual event Stars & Cars in Stuttgart and thus after three seasons in DTM the 39-year-old Hakkinen has finished his career.
At the end of the 2001 season, Mika Häkkinen had retired from Formula 1. During the 2004 Stars & Cars Day he announced his comeback in the DTM in which he participated in 2005, 2006 and 2007 as the darling of the public. On Saturday, again at the Stars & Cars Day, the Finn declared the end of his career as a professional race driver. He said goodbye to his supporters with parade laps in the original McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 with which he became the 1998 World Champion, a really historicially valuable and precious car in motorsports which belongs to the museum today. This final drive was a surprise of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport for Mika.
Mika Häkkinen said in Stuttgart: "The decision to retire now was not an easy one; however, with 39 years, it's about time to say goodbye to professional motor racing. Of course, racing is still in my blood and this decision does not mean that this will prevent me from racing for pleasure. I leave with mixed emotions. On the one side, it is hard to say ‚Auf Wiedersehen' to the many friends I found in motor sport and particularly in the Mercedes-Benz motor sport family. Together with Norbert Haug and the brand with the star I have celebrated all my successes in Formula 1 and DTM here and this makes me very proud. On the other side I am glad to remain closely associated to the brand Mercedes-Benz. We agreed on a long-term co-operation and we will announce more details in due course."
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