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Home » Publications » U.K. newspapers » The Scotsman » Jul - Sep 1999 » September 13, 1999 »The Shu and Mika had some epic battles but,sadly ,this is how most ended up.
Hakkinen in tears after Monza slip-up
September 13, 1999 | Copyright
MIKA Hakkinen, Formula One's defending world champion, was left weeping in the bushes at Monza yesterday after a basic error cost him victory in the Italian Grand Prix.
The Finn was leading before he skidded out on the 30th lap, handing the race to Germany's Heinz-Harald Frentzen and forfeiting his outright lead in the drivers' championship.
Having recovered his composure after crying in anguish behind a hedge and throwing his gloves to the ground in frustration, Hakkinen admitted it was his mistake.
He said he had accidentally selected first gear instead of second at the entry to the chicane. "The rear wheels partially locked up and I spun off with a stalled engine," …