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#1 SchuOz

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 13:25

Former double world champion Mika Hakkinen, who is 39, and his wife Erja, are getting a divorce, according to reports.

The German national daily Bild-Zeitung said the Finnish pair, who have two young children (Hugo and Aina-Julia) and live in Monaco, are parting ways.

"I am very surprised," said German motor sports commentator Hans-Joachim Stuck.

"To me they always seemed like the Finnish version of Michael and Corinna Schumacher -- a perfect couple," he added.

45-year-old Erja Hakkinen, whose maiden name is Honkanen, is a former television journalist. Mika Hakkinen recently retired from the German touring car series DTM.

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#2 kar

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 13:30

Originally posted by SchuOz
Former double world champion Mika Hakkinen, who is 39, and his wife Erja, are getting a divorce, according to reports.

The German national daily Bild-Zeitung said the Finnish pair, who have two young children (Hugo and Aina-Julia) and live in Monaco, are parting ways.

"I am very surprised," said German motor sports commentator Hans-Joachim Stuck.

"To me they always seemed like the Finnish version of Michael and Corinna Schumacher -- a perfect couple," he added.

45-year-old Erja Hakkinen, whose maiden name is Honkanen, is a former television journalist. Mika Hakkinen recently retired from the German touring car series DTM.


Sad if true, many of the iconic images of Mika vs Schumi was the cut to the mcmover garage to see Erja's face scrunched up in disappointment :)

Oh well it is from the bild that's something anyway.

#3 se7en_24

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 13:47

It's true, a former friend of mine in Finland mentioned it yesterday.

#4 jonpollak

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 13:52

Sad really..
I met Erja at the Türku Rock festival in 97
I hooked up a TV backstage so we could watch the French GP.
She was really animated and funny. We had a great time till some security jack off hassled her about her pass


Jp

#5 whatto999

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:00

Oh, c*ap.

#6 dajwalia

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:02

Sad.

#7 POLAR

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:04

Goodbye Erja, hellooooo Pit Babes... :cool:

#8 For sure

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:06

I have nothing against her, but do resent the TV people who decided that what I REALLY wanted throught each GP was to see her face on my screen instead of watching the actual f*cking race.

Still, divorce ain't nice...I'm sure the several million Finnish Markka she'll end up with will help soften the blow though.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:13

Originally posted by For sure
I have nothing against her, but do resent the TV people who decided that what I REALLY wanted throught each GP was to see her face on my screen instead of watching the actual f*cking race.

Still, divorce ain't nice...I'm sure the several million Finnish Markka she'll end up with will help soften the blow though.


Markka is almost ancient history by now. But I'm sure euros will help all the same :)

#10 Apocalypse

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:17

Sad thing, Erja was one of the classiest F1 wives out there.

Maybe Mika will now find a young blonde for himself. Isn't Finland full of them?;)

#11 Mika Mika

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:20

Originally posted by kar


Sad if true, many of the iconic images of Mika vs Schumi was the cut to the mcmover garage to see Erja's face scrunched up in disappointment :)

Oh well it is from the bild that's something anyway.


Funny i seem to remember the look of glee as Mika sailed past 'the Michael' in Spa and left him for dust...

Very sad news however, Erja was a presenter on TV in Finland and both her and Mika were loved by everyone...

#12 noikeee

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:25

Originally posted by kar
Sad if true, many of the iconic images of Mika vs Schumi was the cut to the mcmover garage to see Erja's face scrunched up in disappointment :)


Only for them to move to a slow motion replay of Jean Todt eating a banana.

#13 SchuOz

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:26

Originally posted by paranoik0


Only for them to move to a slow motion replay of Jean Todt eating a banana.


Ah yes....Ross Brawn with the banana..

#14 Zarathustra

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:35

I'm surprised. It was pretty iconic seeing her standing in the McLaren garage.

#15 Owen

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:40

Sad news in anyone's life. It's particularly sad for Hugo and Aina-Julia as well.

#16 kismet

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:42

Not surprised, to be honest.

#17 whatto999

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:43

Originally posted by kismet
Not surprised, to be honest.


Why?

#18 potmotr

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:48

I think Kimi Raikkonen's wife Jenni is the most attractive Finnish lady ever.
I met her a few years ago and almost fell over. She's striking.
Maybe Mika should hang out with his friend Kimi and see if Jenni has an single friends...

#19 kismet

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 14:53

Originally posted by whatto999
Why?

Because they already almost divorced/broke up a few years back and there's been a continuous trickle of nasty/cynical tabloid whispers about the state of their marriage ever since.

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#20 FLB

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:02

Originally posted by potmotr
I think Kimi Raikkonen's wife Jenni is the most attractive Finnish lady ever.
I met her a few years ago and almost fell over. She's striking.
Maybe Mika should hang out with his friend Kimi and see if Jenni has an single friends...

Have you ever seen Nina Lincoln Rindt, Jochen Rindt's widow? Even in her 60s, she still looks amazing... :love:

#21 For sure

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:06

Originally posted by Zarathustra
I'm surprised. It was pretty iconic seeing her standing in the McLaren garage.

- iconic, + repetitive, perhaps?

#22 Ivan

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:10

Originally posted by FLB
Have you ever seen Nina Lincoln Rindt, Jochen Rindt's widow? Even in her 60s, she still looks amazing... :love:

I saw a photo of her recently, she looks great.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:11

Originally posted by se7en_24
It's true, a former friend of mine in Finland mentioned it yesterday.


Why would you be talking to a FORMER friend about such trivial things...

#24 whatto999

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:41

Originally posted by kismet
Because they already almost divorced/broke up a few years back and there's been a continuous trickle of nasty/cynical tabloid whispers about the state of their marriage ever since.


tnx, didn't know that.

#25 jokuvaan

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:43

I think age difference played a part here.

But anyways divorces are not so dramatic always, especially if there's enough money around so that nobody gets in difficult situation.

#26 For sure

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:43

Originally posted by kismet
Because they already almost divorced/broke up a few years back and there's been a continuous trickle of nasty/cynical tabloid whispers about the state of their marriage ever since.

Nasty and cynical....but ultimately correct, apparently...

#27 robnyc

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:54

I can't believe this deserves a thread.

#28 potmotr

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 15:57

Why not? You can argue about the morality of tabloid tittle tattle, but we all consume it.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 16:00

Originally posted by FLB

Have you ever seen Nina Lincoln Rindt, Jochen Rindt's widow? Even in her 60s, she still looks amazing... :love:


Didn't she end up with John Watson...or was it Barbara Peterson...or both?! :blush:

#30 CWeil

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 16:02

Originally posted by jokuvaan
But anyways divorces are not so dramatic always, especially if there's enough money around so that nobody gets in difficult situation.


Money doesn't make divorces easier, it makes them worse.

And it still messes with the kids. That's who this all is the worst news for.

#31 lukywill

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 16:13

finally, it took years but fellow hakinen at last free to fly. that enrja always seemed to me a - beyond a disastrous tv screener - not needed authority for funny mika.

#32 lukywill

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 16:18

Originally posted by CWeil


Money doesn't make divorces easier, it makes them worse.

And it still messes with the kids. That's who this all is the worst news for.


i think you are wrong. money does indeed favor very much affairs... and divorces.

just think in the first place the numerous 'wrong' people you meet just because of your earning - if you are rich.
and the easy way to get 'in love' if you are a powerful person, or a rich one.

and about think the difficulty of divorce in poor people (the need of 2 houses, the expenses of child's, etc). unfortunately many couples don´t separate because of poor financial independence.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 17:24

Pit babes...lots of them... :clap:

#34 Tmeranda

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 20:30

Originally posted by potmotr
I think Kimi Raikkonen's wife Jenni is the most attractive Finnish lady ever.
I met her a few years ago and almost fell over. She's striking.
Maybe Mika should hang out with his friend Kimi and see if Jenni has an single friends...


got any photos?

#35 CWeil

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 21:10

Originally posted by lukywill
i think you are wrong. money does indeed favor very much affairs... and divorces.


This doesn't respond to what I said, so I don't think you understood what I said.

Anyway though, even though it has nothing to do with what I wrote, anyone can have affairs.

just think in the first place the numerous 'wrong' people you meet just because of your earning - if you are rich.
and the easy way to get 'in love' if you are a powerful person, or a rich one.


This is an odd statement- do you have a problem with rich people? This is a really unnecessary, unfair characterization/generalization. What's this have to do with anything?

and about think the difficulty of divorce in poor people (the need of 2 houses, the expenses of child's, etc). unfortunately many couples don´t separate because of poor financial independence.


Yes, I agree that having money facilitates seperation because they can afford two places to live, etc, but I'm saying that divorces that involve large amounts of money statistically drag out substantially longer than other seperations and are much more messy. Couples with nothing to seperate have trouble with housing, etc, but once they seperate, they seperate and its done. With money, there are nasty court battles full of accusations, lies, fights, all that lovely stuff.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 22:22

http://susiestoddart...7-018/lg/01.jpg

http://i59.photobuck...70501-dtm-1.jpg

http://www.news-on-t...rf/dsc_1018.jpg

Any takers ?



#37 metz

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 22:38

Originally posted by jonpollak
Sad really..
I met Erja at the Türku Rock festival in 97
I hooked up a TV backstage so we could watch the French GP.
She was really animated and funny. We had a great time till some security jack off hassled her about her pass


Jp

I met her in Montreal in '99.
She came to our table and said "Mika was to join you for lunch. Unfortunately, he is not feeling well. You can therefore have me, or David."
Our vote was unanimous... :kiss:

She worked the room of sponsors with much class.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 22:43

Originally posted by Rinehart


Why would you be talking to a FORMER friend about such trivial things...

I didn't say I was talking to anyone when I heard it. :)

#39 gerry nassar

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 22:58

Originally posted by Juan Kerr
http://susiestoddart...7-018/lg/01.jpg

http://i59.photobuck...70501-dtm-1.jpg

http://www.news-on-t...rf/dsc_1018.jpg

Any takers ?


hehe interesting. I doubt they are more than just colleagues but you never know. Hopefully we see him with a bevy of pit babes at each GP. :D

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 22:59

Originally posted by se7en_24
It's true, a former friend of mine in Finland mentioned it yesterday.

You stopped being his friend because he told you the Hakkinen's were splitting??? :eek: ;)

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 23:29

Originally posted by jokuvaan
I think age difference played a part here.


ditto that

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:43

Originally posted by metz

I met her in Montreal in '99.
She came to our table and said "Mika was to join you for lunch. Unfortunately, he is not feeling well. You can therefore have me, or David."
Our vote was unanimous... :kiss:

She worked the room of sponsors with much class.


:) :up:

Sad news if really true, divorce is NEVER easy on the kids, regardless of the money involved.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:48

They´ll all get over it. There´s a lot worse things going on in this world than a couple of millionaires splitting up.

#44 primer

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:59

Poor(er) Mika.;)

This marriage (divorce?) thing is the best industry for women to make easy money. :cool:

#45 VoidNT

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 11:57

I've heard that their marriage had its difficulties even a couple of years ago, and I've got an impression that it was Mika's fault.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:15

It always takes two for tango.

Best wishes to both of them, hopefully they remain friends after the divorce anyway - that would be best for their kids.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:17

We aren't OK! or Hello, move along folks there's nothing to see here.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 14:19

Thanks for your posts, jon & metz :up:

Sad news. My condolences to the kids. :(

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 14:46

Sad news. My wife left just today with our 2 kids also, and so I know exactly what he is going through.

True he has a few million quid to make it easier, but that is also more money that he will have to shovel at the ex.

#50 F1 Tor.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 14:57

Originally posted by Josta
Sad news. My wife left just today with our 2 kids also, and so I know exactly what he is going through.

True he has a few million quid to make it easier, but that is also more money that he will have to shovel at the ex.


Forget Mika. Sorry to hear that mate. Hope you can work through it and take care.