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Getting up to speed with former Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen and McLaren-Mercedes sporting director Sam Michael at last month's Singapore Grand Prix

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Fifteen years ago was a glorious time for the McLaren F1 team with Mika Hakkinen behind the wheel, leading the team to win the world championship title in 1998 and 1999. This season, however, has not been a particularly great success for the McLaren-Mercedes team, currently ranked No.5 in the Constructor's Championship. And with just a few races left this season, it's very unlikely that any team will be able to catch up to Red Bull Racing-Renault. 

Hakkinen debuted in F1 with Lotus in 1991 before joining as as a test driver for McLaren in 1993.

He won the world championship title in 1998 and 1999, beating the Ferrari drivers Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine, respectively.

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