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I'm no fan of McLaren team. But I enjoyed
Mika as a contender. I don't deny that he's a good driver.
He should stay and make the F1 happening. Next season 2002, there's
full of contenders to M. Schumacher i.e Ralf, DC, Montoya, Mika, (I
won't surprise Mika Salo is included)
To be frank, I'm fan of the Ferrari team.
Down McLaren !!! - Ed - Malaysia
is a better driver than Schumi is not his fault that his car is not in
order. keep on trucking Mika!!!!!!! - Terttu - USA
Hi there. I'm a strong supporter of the West-McLaren. I feel, Mika is
a good driver. I don't think he should quit the F1. Chances of him
winning has faded. He is not in the chance at all this season. this is
because the reliability of his car which has given a lot of problem's
lately. He's good and Schuey is no where compared to him at all. I've
got a strong feeling that Mika will win the 3rd world title with the
McLaren's. It all depends on the team it self. Go Mika you can do it
True die heart fan - Vivek G - Malaysia
Why should he quit. Its just like Michael in 1996 as he just joined Ferrari
he had a shit house of a season, but he kept it cool and look a
championship with Ferrari and most definitely a second. Don't
give up just yet leave McLaren and bring Jordan or Benetton to
championship success - Chris - Australia
Something has to be fixed with McLaren as a Team, not with Mika. Mika
is still a great driver. He still has chance for few years in F1. I
would love to imagine if Mika and M Schummy are in one team with equal
cars & opportunity - Wayan - Bali - Indonesia
Don't forget he now has a family and priorities change. If he has lost
the motivation, he must move on. There are plenty of young
hopefuls on their way up. Mark Webber for instance. High
time we saw an Aussie in the fray - Angela W - Cairns - Australia
Much as I would love to see Mika carry on for a few more years, I
think someone is trying to tell him something this season, so maybe he
should get out.
I couldn't believe what happened if France, I was there, just
waiting for him to go for it after being fastest in morning practise -
Brenda W - England
Take your bat and ball and bugger of Mika. At least DC is still
trying and always in the points - Christine H - Australia
Certainly not, why should a world champ quit jus bcoz his car is causing
troubles. I'll say that Mika is still a far better driver than anyone
else... y shld Mika be held responsible for McLaren's fault? - Sriram
NO!! Yes, he could very well win a 3rd title-depending on
whether or not McLaren can fix the problems with the *car*.
There is nothing wrong with Mika's driving ability that a better car
wouldn't fix - Charles - USA
No I do not think Mika should call it a day. He has had a dismal
season this year but 9 points is as much as anybody could have hoped
for given his circumstances. I doubt if even Schumy could have done
better if he had the same problems. The only time I think Mika was at
fault was in Spain where I think he threw away 10 points. He must have
known that he was very far in the lead and should have backed off. You
score the same points if you win by 1 second or 1 minute. Just maybe
if he had backed off, his car could have lasted the distance. But then
again I think he drove with his heart and not his head. After all he
is a racing driver. For the rest he was mostly competitive while his
The problems to my mind mostly concerns McLaren and not as much Mika.
It is unthinkable to have experienced that much unreliability
especially the cars that stalls on the grid/formation lap. One does
not expect that from McLaren. No other team has experienced those
problems to that extent.
No, Mika is still a capable driver. Maybe he does not have any hopes
for the championship this year but he could still improve his
position. He is still a better driver than most in Formula 1. But this
just goes to show that one is only as good as your car is. It is only
Schumy that can produce the goods in an average car. But racing has
become so competitive that I don't think that is so easy anymore.
There are too many very fast cars these days to capitalise on any
weakness of anybody else - Johan M - South Africa
Yes, Hakkinen should stay at McLaren. In Formula One it is always
tough to challenge for the title but in McLaren, they can provide more
chances for him to do so. So I fully support Hakkinen to stay at
McLaren - Jnr - Malaysia
Mika, don't quit, go to Toyota and take them to the top. Jacques, go
to McLaren, give Michael a bit competition!!! - GOP - India
What have you done for us lately MIKA?
Give the guy a break, McLaren's problems could put a damper on anyone's
I personally would love to see Williams do well but a win and a couple
of podiums doesn't classify them as the team to beat. I think
Ralf is promising, however Juan Pablo, (Just- Juan in the US, I guess
it sounds more "Exotic") has a lot to prove - Jay M
What an absolutely stupid and nonsensical question!!!!!
No, he should not call it a day. His car sucks this year and has
failed to deliver. Remember the last lap at Spain!
Coulthard has had his best chance of winning the drivers championship
this year. He has fallen behind though.
Hakkinen has had the worse luck between the two and tats why he has
been left behind in the standings. He shall come back next year with
If he quits it has nothing to do with people doubting his ability
(which is preposterous). He is a great champion. Better than all!!!!!
- Yaman - India
After he had a son, he is not as aggressive, he is my 2nd favorite
driver (next to Jacques of course)
Time for Mika to spend time with the family and enjoy his money, and
TIME FOR JACQUES TO TAKEOVER his seat, JACQUES is not thinking
properly .. bottom line LEAVE BAR - JOIN MCLAREN - Tommy S - Canada
I think he should not quit, in fact McLaren should produce a more reliable
engine and software, I think he should have a sting (proven in Spain
before his car having a clutch problems)...I believe he enjoy driving
a fast car....Kagt - Malaysia