Hakkinen: F1 is better now than it was in my era

Double F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has insisted that the sport is better than ever because it is more exciting due to the number different drivers winning races.

The 1998 and 1999 world champion admitted to Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat that his legendary pass on Michael Schumacher at Spa in 2000 would have been a lot easier with ‘DRS’. But he also insisted: “The racing today is undoubtedly better than in my time. Now there’s so many different winners from different teams, and so many passes and different fights.

“Overall, it is much more exciting now than when I was racing,” said the 43-year-old Finn, who won 20 grands prix with McLaren until his retirement in 2001.

Hakkinen is at Hockenheim this weekend, as he is involved in the management of Williams’ reserve and Friday driver Valtteri Bottas.