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Mika Hakkinen: Doing What Comes Naturally (Heroes on wheels) Paperback – 7 Jul 1997

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (7 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859604021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859604021
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
There's no book that tells the story of Mika's life and career better than this one. Hakkinen fan or not: it's a book you have to buy!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A fine book but not the definitive account we're waiting for 24 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Christopher Hilton's biography of Finnish racing driver Mika Hakkinen was written before Hakkinen won the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the wheel of his West McLaren Mercedes last year.
Hilton opens his story with the final fateful moments leading up to Hakkinen's serious accident during qualifying for the 1995 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, and days later, Hakkinen's regaining consciousness in the intensive care ward of an Adelaide hospital.
He then takes us back to the beginning, retracing Hakkinen's childhood and early racing career in Finland through to his inevitable move to Britain, his progress through the junior racing formulae and the break into the big-time with the now-defunct Lotus F1 team.
The story ends towards the end of 1997 ‡ just, it can be argued, when it was getting REALLY interesting!
Hilton's style is idiosyncratic, but readers who are happy to put up with his asides and personal touches will be rewarded with an empathetic, well-researched and ultimately authoritative work on the latest F1 World Champion.
But despite Hilton's claims that Hakkinen remains one of the most accessible F1 racers of his time, this book lacks a certain something.
Hakkinen certainly comes across as unaffected, accessible and supremely talented ‡ racing a car at breathtaking speed is, after all, only ìdoing what comes naturallyí, as Hilton's book is subtitled.
But unlike biographies/autobiographies of previous world champions ‡ Alan Jones' collaboration with Keith Botsford, ìDriving Ambitioní, or Botsford's collaboration with Keke Rosberg, ìKekeí spring to mind immediately ‡ one leaves Hilton's book with a little sense of knowing the man.
Even one of Hilton's own previous efforts, Ayrton Senna ‡ The Hard Edge of Genius, gave a far greater insight into its subject. Perhaps that was an indication of Senna himself; he was known to be a man given to deeper thoughts than many of his contemporaries and rivals.
Work may be underway even now on a book by Hakkinen's own hand. But for his fans, and they are legion, for the time being at least this book is about the best there is.
Hilton has done a fair job, and shown impressive prescience in selecting Hakkinen as a candidate for a biography. It needs to be updated, to take account of the 1998 championship-winning season.
Hilton's book will sell well and satisfy the inevitable post-championship demand for information on the man of the moment. But it's not the definitive essay on Hakkinen that his fans, and fans of motorsport generally, are waiting for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An interesting read 3 years on 14 Aug. 2000
By David Coultard - Published on
Format: Paperback
Now that Mika has one the World Drivers Championship (twice), this makes an interesting read.
Although seemingly distant, and lacking interest in his chosen sport, this book highlights the talents that Mika clearly has in order to achieve his dream.
With help from his boss, Ron Dennis, Hilton highlights how Dennis and Hakkinen spent many long hours coupled together, penetrating each other's heads and, ultimately, getting the best out of each other. The book's title expresses this in concise terms.
While illustration is sparse, it spares us the pointless "page filling" of many lesser books, and gets to the point.
A great read for any fan of Mika, and McLaren.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The BEST of Mika Hakkinen's book now! 25 April 1998
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This book contain all of Mika's! From his karting days to F-1, FANTASTIC~~ Quick buy, before he is going to be the World Champion!
Great work! Capture's Mika's spirit! 24 July 2001
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This is another great piece of work by Christopher Hilton. Now, don't think I'm a Hilton fan. I'm simply familiar with Hilton's work. I purchased this title for the simple reason that Hakkinen is my all time hero. I recommend this title to any Formula One or Hakkinen fan. Do note that it only goes up to the 1997 season, but that is what you want to know about anyway, right? Learn about Mika's "casual" living style and sometimes a little too "carefree" life as an up and coming driver. There will be laughs along the way without doubt!
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