Mika Hakkinen

2-times Formula One World Champion

Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

Travels From: Nice, France

Mika Hakkinen is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Mika Hakkinen

    2-times Formula One World Champion

    Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

    Travels From: Nice, France

    Mika Hakkinen is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Mika Hakkinen Speaker Biography

    At the end of 1992, Hakkinen was signed as test driver for the 1993 season by McLaren, whose front line drivers were Ayrton Senna and Michael Andretti. When Andretti returned to the United States in September, Hakkinen took his seat and celebrated his F1 debut by out-qualifying the great Senna in Portugal.

    Hakkinen’s performance was an indication of his real potential. He spent 1994 and 1995 developing his skills, taking over as team leader when Senna left for Williams, and the arrival of Mercedes-Benz power gave him a car in which he could show his capabilities.

    He won his first Grand Prix at Jerez in 1997 and from that historic moment he never looked back, collecting his first World Championship in style in 1998, winning eight of the 16 races. Although 1999 was a far tougher year, he came back strongly when it mattered, scoring a further five Grand Prix victories en route to retaining his crown at the final race of the season.

    By then he was well established as the only man capable of challenging Michael Schumacher, and the German star publicly recognised this fact. Hakkinen’s confidence in racing Schumacher wheel-to-wheel was most famously illustrated by a 300kph overtaking manoeuvre at the exit of the daunting Eau Rouge corner during the Belgian Grand Prix in 2000. Today it remains a defining moment in the story of the Hakkinen-Schumacher duel.

    In 2000, however, Ferrrari produced a very strong car and although Hakkinen won a further four Grands Prix, the World Championship went to Schumacher, the first of his five successive titles for Ferrari.

    Further victories in the British and United States Grands Prix in 2001 demonstrated that Hakkinen’s performances remained at their peak, but another accident in that same year made him opt to take a sabbatical in 2002, and he subsequently decided not to return to Formula One. He thus retired from the pinnacle of the sport at the relatively early age of 33. He would later return to racing, in 2005, when he competed for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM, German Touring Car Championship, and he remained for three seasons before finally hanging up his racing helmet at the end of 2007.

    Today he remains closely involved in Formula One through a number of brand ambassadorships and business interests within the sport, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished drivers of the modern era.

    Mika Hakkinen Keynote Topics

    What is it like to drive a F1 car at almost 400km/h? How can teams and drivers handle the stress of never being able to make a mistake, in a sport where every little delay can cost you a win? Can these lessons be translated into the business world? Yes, and Mika Hakkinen, Formula One World Champion, will tell your audience the many links between sports and business in this fascinating speech.

    When a Formula One driver needs to do a Pit Stop, it is imperative that the team manages to fix the car and change the tires in perfect synch so that they lose the minimum time possible in a sport where every millisecond matters. An incredible teamwork effort must take place on every race to crown a champion. Mika Hakkinen will share with your audience the secrets and tips from winning in one of the most difficult sports in the planet where teamwork places a vital role in success.

    How can a person become the best in the world at something? Top performance over a long period of time is key. Mika Hakkinen, Formula One World Champion in 1998 and 1999, and the only person who ever made it difficult for the best in history, Schumacher, to keep winning will share the secrets of performance in this amazing speech with your audience.

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