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After Russian driver Nikita Mazepin was dropped from Haas F1 after the Russian invasion in Ukraine, Haas signs F1 veteran Kevin Magnussen to a multi-year contract.
Magnussen last raced in Formula One for Haas in 2020. Since then, Magnussen has raced in the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Series and in a one-off NTT IndyCar Series at Road America. Magnussen will pair with Mick Shumacher for the driver line up for Haas F1 Team.
“I’m delighted to welcome Kevin Magnussen back to Haas F1 Team,” said Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of Haas F1 Team, in a Haas F1 Team press release. “When looking for a driver who could bring value to the team, not to mention a wealth of Formula 1 experience, Kevin was a straightforward decision for us. Kevin’s immediate availability means we can tap into him as a resource for pre-season testing alongside both Mick Schumacher and Pietro Fittipaldi. Pietro’s going to be first in this week with half a day’s running at the test on Thursday – that’s a great opportunity for him, with Mick and Kevin doing the rest ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.”
Kevin Magnussen was very happy to return to Formula One and will be a fan favorite to watch throughout 2022.
“Naturally, I also want to thank Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for the chance to resume my Formula 1 career – I know just how competitive they both are and how keen they are to return to competing week in and week out." Magnussen said in a statement. "We’ve enjoyed a solid relationship and our positive association remained even when I left at the end of 2020. I’ve been briefed as much as possible on the development of the VF-22 and the potential in the package. There’s work to do but I’m excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car in Bahrain.”
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