Team McLaren-Mercedes have denied reports that Mika Hakkinen will return to the team in 2005, as their third driver.

Talk that Hakkinen could yet return to the F1, was broken by GrandPrix.com, however that now appears to not be the case.

A spokesperson for McLaren told Crash.net:

"We can confirm Mika Hakkinen's sole objective for 2005 is to achieve his goals in the DTM with Mercedes-Benz.

"No party from McLaren, Mercedes-Benz or Mika Hakkinen's management are involved in any talks with regard to our F1 programme."

McLaren therefore look set to stick with third driver Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa, who will help develop the 2005 car - the MP4-20, alongside race drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Hakkinen will not therefore begin testing with the MP4-20 in January.

 

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