Tommi Makinen Q&A
Rallying superstar Tommi Makinen made a rare appearance at an F1 event when he turned up on the very soggy Sunday of the Belgian GP meeting. The Finn was a guest of Marlboro and Ferrari, but as well as saying hello to Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt he also made a pilgrimage to see countryman Mika Hakkinen. While Mika is now on track to earn his third consecutive title, Makinen's chances of winning a fifth seem to be receding. After his home event he lies fifth in the WRC table, 18 points behind leader Marcus Gronholm. However, five rounds remain on the schedule, and with 50 points up for grabs he still has a chance. Adam Cooper spoke to the Mitsubishi ace
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