“If we really want to re-enact this, you’ll need some clean underwear,” joked Mika Hakkinen to David Croft as he placed the F1 commentator and Martin Brundle to replicate his 2000 pass on Michael Schumacher and Ricardo Zonta at Spa.
Marking 20 years since his first Formula 1 title, the Gregor Grant Award recipient amused the audience with anecdotes about his pet tortoise, and how his favourite memories of dueling with fierce adversary Schumacher were when “I saw him in my mirrors”.
But he was not there to make light of being recognised.
“This just doesn’t happen every day or every year,” Hakkinen said. “I’m standing in front of the motor racing world and it’s giving me this award. That means a lot to me.
I’m just a racing driver; I’m just a guy from Finland.”
“This just doesn’t happen every day or every year” MIKA HAKKINEN