WATCH: Former Tennis Champion Boris Becker Takes Hilarious Dig at F1 Legend Mika Hakkinen in Bygone Mercedes Flick

Published 04/30/2022, 2:58 PM EDT

Mika Hakkinen is one of the most popular drivers in Formula One history. During his time in the sport, he won 2 World Championships, beating Michael Schumacher in 1998 and 1999. His rivalry with the German driver was arguably one of the greatest in the sport.

Interestingly, he is a brand ambassador of the iconic Mercedes-Benz brand. The Finnish driver has done many commercials throughout the years for the German manufacturers. And one of his most popular Mercedes ads also includes Tennis legend, Boris Becker. The ad was hilarious, as both Hakkinen and Becker are depicted as old men, playing golf and taking digs at each other.

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The commercial has once again come into the spotlight because of the prison sentence handed to Becker by the court.

Mika Hakkinen rules Mercedes F1 out of contention for the 2022 title

Mercedes has endured a tough start to the 2022 campaign as they have managed just 2 podiums in the first 4 races. The German team is on average a second a lap slower than the frontrunners Ferrari and Red Bull this season. In light of this, Mika has ruled the German team out of the contention for challenging for the title for the rest of the season.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 23, 2022, Mercedes’ George Russell, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the sprint race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“Mercedes clearly has quite complex problems with their car. It seems amazing to say it, but the World Championships are already looking out of reach. They understand the key problems, but time is running out to find solutions. This is the problem in F1 – the World Championship does not wait for you, the races keep coming and there is so little time to sort major problems out,” said Mika.

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It is shocking to see that the Finnish driver has completely ruled the world champions out of the title race. It is true that Mercedes have had a tough start to the season and seems to be struggling, but it might be right to count them out after just 4 races.

They’re still 19 more races to go this season and there is a possibility that they can get on pace with the front runners. Hopefully, the German team can develop their W13 so that we can have an even more competitive grid this season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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