Hakkinen gears up for Italian Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

The Italian Grand Prix could be one of the last few for two-time champion Mika Hakkinen who has officially announced that he's taking a one-year break

Hakkinen gears up for Italian Grand Prix

Monza:

The Italian Grand Prix this weekend is the third last race of the season and it might seem like there's isn't much to look out for given that Michael Schumacher and Ferrari have already taken the title. But this race could be one of the last few for two-time champion Mika Hakkinen who has officially announced that he's taking a one-year break. Mika Hakkinen who's won just one race this season, says that disappointing results havena€™t been the reason for his wanting to take a break. Ita€™s just tiredness and the need to spend time with his wife and baby and perhaps play some golf. He will be replaced at Mclaren Mercedes by Finland Kimi Raikonnen. While Monza will be the last few races for Hakkinen, ita€™s also going to mark the debut of Malaysia's first Formula One driver, Alex Young. "Total amazement really. I've been trying to get here into this very seat for such a long time since I've been as young as I can remember. You know it's been a long journey and it's fantastic to be here," said Young. Ferrari meanwhile continue their preparations to take in another win in front of home fans. "We have a great support. The only thing is that when we win the race there we need to stay on the circuit until eight o'clock at night because there is no way you can leave it before," said Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari driver. But even as FIA refused to cancel this weekend's race in the aftermath of the attacks in USA, the drivers could focus on little else. "Pretty difficult to find the right expression for what has happened there and what we feel. I think it's pretty much the same in all of us. Our sympathies are with all of them and we want to support them as much as we can," said Schumacher. Monza is the last stop for Formula One in Europe. They next head to USA for the Grand Prix in Indianapolis on September 30.

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