Kevin Magnussen has signed a multi-year contract to make a sensational return to Formula 1 with the Haas team in 2022, following the team’s decision to part ways with Nikita Mazepin before the start of the season.
After driving in F1 for McLaren (2014-15) and Renault (2016), Magnussen raced for Haas from 2017 until his departure from the sport at the end of the 2020 season.
The Danish driver then moved to the United States, competing in sportscars and IndyCar, and was due to join Peugeot’s World Endurance Championship team in 2022.
But Magnussen, 29, will instead make an unexpected return to Formula 1 to link up with second-year driver Mick Schumacher for the coming season, following Haas’ decision – announced last Saturday – to terminate Mazepin’s contract with effect. immediate.
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Team Principal Guenther Steiner said: “I am delighted to welcome Kevin Magnussen back to the Haas F1 Team. When we were looking for a driver who could bring value to the team, not to mention a wealth of Formula 1 experience, Kevin was an easy decision for us.
“Kevin’s immediate availability means we can call on him as a resource for pre-season testing alongside Mick Schumacher and Pietro Fittipaldi. Pietro will be the first this week with a half day of racing at the Thursday test – it’s a great opportunity for him, with Mick and Kevin doing the rest before the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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“Kevin has been a key part of our previous successes, especially when we both achieved our best results in Formula 1 in 2018. He continued to show last year that he is an elite racing driver, adding victories and podiums to his CV.
“As a veteran present in both the garage and the engineering room, he will provide us with a solid reference in the continued development of the VF-22. We are all looking forward to welcoming Kevin this week to Bahrain.
Magnussen added: “I was obviously very surprised but also very excited to receive the call from Haas F1 Team. I was looking in a different direction regarding my commitments for 2022, but the opportunity to return to Formula 1, and with a team that I know extremely well, was just too attractive. I really have to thank Peugeot and Chip Ganassi Racing for releasing me quickly – they are both great organisations.
“Naturally I also want to thank Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for the opportunity to resume my career in Formula 1 – I know how competitive they both are and how eager they are to get back to racing week after. We had a strong relationship and our positive association remained even when I left at the end of 2020.
“I have been informed as much as possible about the development of the VF-22 and the potential of the package. There is work to be done but I am delighted to be a part of it. I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 in Bahrain.
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