The 2001 British Grand Prix winning McLaren of double former World Formula One Champion Mika Häkkinen has taken to the track once again. The Mercedes-Benz powered McLaren MP4-16A was the car with which the McLaren team competed in the 2001 Formula One season.
United Autosports co-owner Zak Brown shook down the Adrian Newey-designed McLaren at Silverstone (10 Sep) after a 12-month restoration at the McLaren Heritage. This particular chassis (07) was raced exclusively by 1998 & ‘99 world champion Häkkinen.
Having started from the front row of the grid, the “Flying Finn” scored his penultimate F1 career race victory in this specific chassis at Silverstone in July 2001 and recorded top-six placings in the European, Hungarian and Belgium Grands Prix that year. Despite winning the British and Japanese Grands Prix, Häkkinen elected to retire from F1 at the end of that season.
Zak Brown. Born: Los Angeles, California, USA. Lives: London, England:
“I was super excited to drive Mika’s 2001 British Grand Prix winning MP4-16. It was a special moment for me as I’ve always been a massive fan of McLaren and Mika as a driver. Experiences like this makes me wish I was a F1 driver but at least I get a little taste of it. I’m so lucky and privileged to have great friends at McLaren who allowed me to get my hands on this car for my collection. There’s only two West F1 McLarens in private hands now. Mine and some guy named Adrian Newey has the other!”
Source. United Autosports