This has got to be the weirdest and most awesome ad for scotch ever filmed. Johnnie Walker have signed up Jenson Button and Mika Häkkinen for an anti-drink-and-drive spot where they take big maroon C63 AMG’s and donut their initials into the asphalt. There is smoke. Lots of smoke. God I miss Mika Häkkinen.
The silly theory that the beauty of a race car correlates with its performance on track is sometimes true—witness the McLaren MP4/4—but is also often not true. Mercedes’s rather pretty 2011 F1 car, the MGP W02, has not reached the podium in nine races, and even a lone race win for them this season would require 1996…
The 1999 McLaren MP4/14 was Mika Häkkinen's chariot to the Drivers' Championship. Now it's at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, where it's lain bare for all F1 geeks to peep on from every imaginable angle. Peep away, geeks.
Calling Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher F1 rivals is like saying the Assyrians once had a bit of a tiff with the Syrians. This cute Merc ad dials up the boys' history for comic effect. But what a freaking understatement.