Lewis Hamilton to sign with Mika Hakkinen as manager?

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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