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Zak Brown shakes down ex-Hakkinen race winning McLaren MP4-16A

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United Autosports owner Zak Brown recently had chance to shake down his ex-Mika Hakkinen McLaren MP4-16A – the latest addition to the United Autosports Historics collection at Silverstone.

The Adrian Newey designed chassis (07) was raced by Hakkinen in the 2001 season and took the Finn to victory at Silverstone. The car has undergone a lengthy restoration project by McLaren Heritage over the last 12 months.

Speaking after the shakedown Brown commented “I was super excited to drive Mika’s 2001 British Grand Prix winning MP4-16. It was a special moment for me as I’ve always been a massive fan of McLaren and Mika as a driver.

“Experiences like this makes me wish I was a F1 driver but at least I get a little taste of it. I’m so lucky and privileged to have great friends at McLaren who allowed me to get my hands on this car for my collection. There’s only two West F1 McLarens in private hands now. Mine and some guy named Adrian Newey has the other!”

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