• May 3, 2010
Let's take a brief look at where the careers of two of McLaren's most successful contemporary drivers are at these days. On the one hand, we have Lewis Hamilton, 2008 world champion. After years of being successfully handled by his father, Lewis professionally disengaged from Anthony's management earlier this year. McLaren's been taking care of its star in the meantime, but team principal Martin Whitmarsh is reportedly encouraging Lewis to retain independent management.

On the other hand, we have Mika Hakkinen, 1998 and 1999 world champion, who retired from F1 in 2001. Since then, Mika raced a few seasons in DTM, but after retiring from that series as well in 2007, he started managing drivers in feeder series like Formula 3, working alongside his own longtime manager Didier Coton at the Aces Group out of Monaco. Maintaining strong ties with McLaren, Hakkinen remains a brand ambassador for team sponsor Johnnie Walker, whose anti-drunk driving campaign he fronts along with Hamilton.

Recently Hakkinen's been making waves with the suggestion that he could start managing Formula One careers. Connect the dots, and it looks like a match made in heaven. If it materializes, we could expect confirmation to come soon.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe Mika can teach Hamilton some controlled aggression. Would do him well!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, and to drive the right way on the track as well...
        • 4 Years Ago
        How many times has Hamilton really knocked people out when trying to overtake? Alonso, Button, Webber etc continually get into more trouble than Hamilton ever has when it comes to taking people out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mika was a beast in F1. Regularly layed the smack down on Michael Schumacher. Managing drivers like an Agent would an NFL or NBA player?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was those Hakkinen vs Schumi years that i remember best at watching F1 20 years and counting.

      Thought i do wonder how important manager is for Hamilton, but more than important to have one of these of types guys behind you when you are trying to get in F1. One reason why Finland got so many drivers in F1 is because of Rosberg and Hakkinen work behind. Raikkonen and Rosberg already brought 18 years old finnish Valtteri Bott to F1 as Williams test driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you want to win, hire a Fin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hello Everyone
      If Mika beccame Lewis manager , i am very grateful to him , great choice , and the beginning of a good strong team Mila / Lewis / Congratulations .
      Christian New York
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      "managing Formula One careers."


      what does this mean exactly?
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think mika could do a lot to tone down hamilton's not so great public image.
        mika would also probably have a hand in the negotiation of hamilton's contracts-sponsors and salary.