F1 Drivers Can't Drift, And Here's Proof: Video


Driving an F1 car at competitive speeds is a delicate ballet, danced upon a knife edge at triple digit speeds. Devotees of drifting would argue that their sport requires similar skill, since competitors run wheel to wheel in cars that, by most definitions, are already out of control.

Formula 1 drivers may be fast, and they may exhibit great car control, but as this video clearly shows, neither Mika Häkkinen nor Jenson Button pose any threat to Ken Block’s career. As part of an ongoing campaign to combat drinking and driving, both drivers agreed to “sign” their initials on pavement, using the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG as a writing implement.

Häkkinen and Button appear in support of Johnnie Walker’s “Join the Pact, Never Drink and Drive” anti-drunk-driving campaign. Previous installments have featured Häkkinen, who’s been a spokesman for the effort since 2008, as well as Jenson Button’s McLaren Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton.

Not to take anything away from the talents of these two drivers, but we're relatively sure that Block or Vaughn Gittin, Jr. could sign their name in cursive, with a nice scripted flourish underneath. On the other hand, neither could match Button's speed around Silverstone, regardless of the car driven, so we suppose it's a wash.

Want to join Häkkinen, Button and Hamilton in signing the pact? Head on over to the Johnnie Walker Step Inside Facebook page.

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Comments (5)
  1. 1. this doesn't prove anything, so your title is moot and 2. you're comparing ken block to the legend that is Mika Hakkinen..?! do you even know what you're writing about?!?!

    you could definitely learn from this video, don't drink and post nonsense

  2. You must be joking by comparing Ken Block to Hakkinen and Button.

    On another point, I love that Hakkinen is always plugging that 'No Drink & Drive' campaign.

  3. For the record, the article was written tongue in cheek. Yes, I'm aware that there's a difference in driving ability between Mika Häkkinen and Ken Block...

  4. to say that Hakkinen can't drift is like saying Italians can't cook...it's part of their upbringing. Hakkinen is from Finland and one of their requirements, when someone from Finland wants to obtain their license, is to control the car while it's sliding aka "drifting"

    it baffles me that you could come up with such blasphemy, Ken is a showboat, a good showboat but nonetheless a showboat. if he was that great at drifting he'd at least be able to get somewhere in rally

  5. Hmmmmm now what does this have to do with not drinking and driving? lol

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