Autosport (UK) - - AUTOSPORT AWARDS 2018 -

“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

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