Sunday August 5, 2012
Don’t drink and drive, says former F1 champion
By ROYCE TAN
GEORGE TOWN: Former Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen has travelled around the world and visited Malaysia numerous times.
But it was his first pitstop in Penang when he visited the country as the Johnnie Walker Responsible Drinking ambassador to get people to “Join the Pact” to never drink and drive.
Hakkinen, who used to race for McLaren Mercedes, said that he has never tried Penang cuisine.
“I can't wait to try out Penang food,” said the 44-year-old during a press conference yesterday.
Hundreds of his fans got a chance to meet him in person at G Hotel.
Hakkinen also made a special appearance at the Johnnie Walker Black Circuit event, which was held at the Penang Turf Club yesterday.
“Drinking and driving don't go together and I would encourage everybody not to do it.
“Being a former race driver, I know what it takes to really concentrate and focus while driving. When you drink, it creates an enormous risk for yourself and other road users,” he added.
He also advised those going to night clubs or parties to avoid alcohol if they were driving.
“If your friend is drunk but still insists on driving, stop him. Offer him a ride home or get him a cab,” he added.
Since its inception in 2008, Johnny Walker's “Join the Pact” campaign has gathered over a million signatures and has visited over 30 countries including those in Europe, North America, Latin America, and most recently here in Asia.
Join and sign the pact to never drink and drive today at www.jointhepact.com.