Mika Hakkinen: 'Leaving teams in F1 isn't emotional'

Hakkinen: 'Switching teams not emotional'
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Former world champions Mika Hakkinen says that Lewis Hamilton's McLaren exit to Mercedes would have been unemotional for the Formula 1 driver.

Former world champion Mika Hakkinen has admitted that switching teams within Formula 1 is an easy and unemotional task for most drivers.

The 44-year-old, who competed for Lotus and McLaren during his career, believes that Lewis Hamilton's signing to Mercedes is just part of the job.

"Lewis has been with McLaren for so many years and I think, for him, it was time to change," Hakkinen told BBC Radio Five Live. "It's just a job to be honest.

"There are no emotional feelings about it, you are there to win, you are racing with the team and you do your maximum for the team. Lewis has now moved to Mercedes and that is going to be interesting because his teammate Nico Rosberg is also a very quick driver."

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