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Raikkonen signs for McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen has replaced Mika Hakkinen at McLaren, joining David Coulthard for 2002
The West McLaren Mercedes team is delighted to announce that its driver line-up for 2002 will be David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Alexander Wurz.

After 11 years in Formula One and two Formula One World Championships Mika Hakkinen will take a break following the end of the current season to allow him to dedicate more time to family life.

David Coulthard will commence his seventh season with the intention of improving upon his current second place position in the Formula One World Championship.

The team is particularly pleased to announce that it has been able to secure the services of the highly talented 21-year-old Finn, Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi will be at the wheel of a West McLaren Mercedes for the first time at the start of testing in early January 2002.

David and Kimi will be supported by Alexander Wurz, who will continue as the West McLaren Mercedes team's third driver.

Mika Hakkinen 'Formula One has been virtually my whole life since I started karting in 1974. The intensity of my career has become increasingly difficult for those around me. Whilst this year has been difficult for me and the team, these experiences have not guided the decision to take this break. I asked the team for a break which would be a good way to recharge my batteries and enjoy more time with my wife Erja and my son Hugo. I'm pleased to welcome a fellow Finn to the team and I wish Kimi all the best. However let's not forget that there are three races left for me this year, and I have every intention of going flat out. Of course it might have been easier to retire, but that just isn't a decision I feel ready to take. I know that I will have to work hard to return after my break but I know that I want to return with West McLaren Mercedes.'


  • :sad:
    LOA my a$s. Wala na yan.
    Ano bah. Naiiyak ako I swear. :sad:
    We named our Lab pup pa naman after him tapos... :sad:
    Di ba pwedeng si DC na lang yung mawala?!?!
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