Mika Häkkinen is a Finnish icon who is also well recognised internationally.
The development of the Nokian Hakka Black 2 was in very capable hands. Häkkinen says that he appreciates the grip and durability of this new tyre tailor-made for high-speed driving. He also commends the predictable, logical and steady handling, especially under extreme conditions.
"My experience with the tyre is very positive. To me, it is important that the tyre responds to the driver’s inputs. The tyre that I drove was stable even at high speeds and really responded to steering."
- My experience with the tyre is very positive. To me, it is important that the tyre responds to the driver’s inputs. The tyre that I drove was stable even at high speeds and really responded to steering, Mika says regarding his test drive.
In the handling tests on the test track, the former F1 driver challenged the grip limits at speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. This gave the new tyre a true baptism of fire.
- When I was younger, the first thing I would look at was the tyre’s appearance. Now I know that the most important feature is the quality and that the tyre is safe and durable and retains its characteristics throughout its service life, Häkkinen summarises.
- During my Formula 1 career, I have worked with many different tyre manufacturers. Nokian Tyres’ strength lies in teamwork. Since Nokian Tyres develops its products for challenging conditions, safety is paramount at every stage of the development. The entire company has great spirit and the will to be the best at what they do. This sets Nokian Tyres apart from the other tyre manufacturers.