In 1993 Mika Häkkinen switched from Team Lotus to McLaren. He had the choice between Ligier, Williams and McLaren. He chose McLaren, gambling on Senna not taking the other seat. But Senna stayed at McLaren so the two main drivers of the team became the Brazilian Ayrton Senna da Silva and American Michael Andretti, son of former F1 champion Mario Andretti. Mika had to settle for test-driver. That year the McLaren was powered by a Ford engine instead of the mighty Honda engine they used the years before. Due to Michael's being homesick and unfortunate results in Formula 1 he returned back to the USA to drive Indycars.
Mika drove the last 3 races of the 1993 season next to Senna. On September 26, 1993 He made his debut for McLaren in the Grand Prix of Portugal (Estoril) driving car number 7. In qualifying he beat Ayrton Senna by placing his car 3rd on the grid while Ayrton qualified 4th! He proved this to be not just a lucky shot at the next race in Suzuka, Japan when Mika again qualified on 3rd position.
1993 Suzuka, Japan: Ayrton 1st, Mika 3rd.
On race day a celebration was called for because Mika archived his first F1 podium finish by finishing 3rd in the race after Ayrton 1st. In Mika's third and last race in 1993 for McLaren in Australia (Adelaide) he qualified 5th but did not finish. Ayrton took pole and victory. Alain Prost (now team-owner) was champion in 1993. Mika Häkkinen earned 4 points in 3 races and ended up 15th in the championship.
Porsche Supercup Monaco 1993: Pole and 1st
In 1993 Mika also raced two races in the Porsche Supercup: May 22 at Monaco (Pole position and 1st) and August 15 the Hungaroring (Pole position, fastest lap and 1st !). And that while he had never driven a 911 before, not even a roadgoing one.
1993 picture gallery
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