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Mika Hakkinen 'relishing' the chance to race again with Mercedes

Double Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says he is relishing the opportunity to go racing again for the first time since walking away from the DTM at the end of the 2007 season.

In a new video, hosted on AUTOSPORT's YouTube channel, Hakkinen is interviewed by his former McLaren team-mate David Coulthard about the Finn's debut in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup driving a Customer AMG Sports Team China-run SLS GT3 at Zhuhai this weekend.

Hakkinen admitted that while he has never competed in an endurance event before he is looking forward to the challenge: "I've done a couple of tests with the SLS and Mercedes has done fantastic work to develop this car."

"I've never done one before and I certainly like it [the format]," he added. "In this category there is no type of competing with your team-mates, it's more about team spirit and together creating the tactics for the race. What is our goal, our aim, together?"

Hakkinen also recently revealed that he could be tempted to return to competition on a more regular basis next year. For more on that story, read this week's digital edition of AUTOSPORT magazine, available from Thursday, November 10.

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