People claim Kimi lacked motivation in 2008 & 2009, but the same could be said of Mika in 2000 & 2001.
I can give you 2001, but in 2000 Mika did just a fine job, and if there was a lack of motivation, I didn’t see it.
After a good start to 2000, Mika definitely had a little lull before the middle of the season, where Coulthard was outqualifying and outracing him and even overhauled him in the championship. If I remember correctly from about Austria onwards the old Mika was back to his best. I think that ’99 season took a lot out of him mentally. After Schumacher’s accident he was probably expecting an easy ride but errors, accidents and mechanical problems made it a slog all the way to the final round, which it should never have been.
I find it difficult to compare Hakkinen and Raikkonen, there’s no way to say for sure that one is better than the other. I will say that even though I was a fanatical Schumacher/Ferrari fan, I would put these two as my next favourite drivers, and in my view they are among the best f1 drivers ever.
As young Schuey fan in the late 90′s, Hakkinen gave me some brilliant sporting memories. I always loved when Schumacher beat Hakkinen in a tight race, because I knew Michael really had to earn that one. I sometimes find myself watching old qualifying battles between the two from that era (Imola and Suzuka ’00 are personal favourites – it’s like yesterday for me). Thinking back now, F1 was my life back then!
To get back on topic, we should be glad we can watch somebody of Kimi’s calibre race in F1 today, and if Ferrari can’t do it this year, I’d love to see Kimi get the title…to do it with Lotus would leave no doubt about whether he is really as good as his fans say he is.