Race of my life: Mika Hakkinen

Race of my life: Mika Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen had plenty of achievements to celebrate during his F1 career, but his unforgettable day mastering the streets of Monte Carlo is the one that stands out the most

Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, May 24 1998

When asked by Autosport to choose his 'Race of my life', Mika Hakkinen didn't need to think twice. The two-time world champion's Monaco Grand Prix victory en route to his first title in 1998 still holds a special place in his heart.

As always in Monaco, pole position was vital, with Hakkinen beating McLaren team-mate David Coulthard to top spot on the grid by 0.339 seconds. From there, after fending off a feisty Coulthard at the start, Hakkinen was managing a small lead until the second McLaren's engine failed exiting the tunnel and Coulthard was forced to walk home.

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