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Hakkinen tipped to become Hamilton's manager

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mika Hakkinen could be a potential manager for Lewis Hamilton © Sutton Images
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Rumours have intensified this week that Mika Hakkinen could soon become Lewis Hamilton's manager.

In the wake of his professional split with his father Anthony, Hamilton has been perusing offers from potential managers. 1998 and 1999 world champion Hakkinen already works with a young F3 driver at his own manager Didier Coton's Monaco-based Aces Group, and said last Sunday: "Perhaps I will come back to F1 as a manager."

The Italian sports daily Tuttosport now reports that a deal between Aces/Hakkinen and Hamilton could be made in the very near future. Hamilton's career is currently handled by McLaren, but team boss Martin Whitmarsh is pushing his driver to appoint a "dispassionate, independent" manager.

Hakkinen won his two world championships with McLaren and retired in 2001.