''Now is a good time for me to finish”
Double Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen announced on Saturday he has finished his German Touring Car Championships (DTM) career after three largely disappointing seasons.
"Now is a good time for me to finish," said
the 39-year-old at a press conference in Stuttgart.
"For you, it is undoubtedly bad news, but for my adversaries, it is good news," Hakkinen said.
The Finn is very popular in Germany and was used to advertise the DTM having competed in 31 races, claiming three victories including two this year.
He finished eighth this year, behind Swedish winner Mattias Ekstrom, in the drivers championship and is expected to continue working for Mercedes in an undisclosed capacity.