Magnussen returns to Haas on multi-year deal

Jamie Woodhouse
Kevin Magnussen sitting on the side of the grid. Bahrain December 2020

Haas has confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will make his return to the team following the departure of Nikita Mazepin.

Mazepin was shown the door by Haas in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which also caused them to cut ties with main sponsor Uralkali.

But on the eve of pre-season testing getting underway in Bahrain, Haas has moved quickly to re-complete their driver line-up for the 2022 campaign, calling upon a familiar face.

It has been confirmed that Danish racer Magnussen will mark his return to the team, having last competed in Formula 1 in 2020 with Haas.

Haas stated that Magnussen will partner Mick Schumacher for 2022, though according to BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson, Magnussen has signed a “multi-year contract” with Haas, while he has also successfully negotiated a get-out from his endurance racing contracts.

The 29-year-old’s previous stint with Haas lasted for four seasons between 2017-20, in which time he scored 96 points.

Mazepin has already stated that he is open to a return to Formula 1 and will not be looking to race in another series.

However, even before it was confirmed that his past seat at Haas was now filled by Magnussen, he had said that he could not race with Haas in the future due to a lack of trust in the team following their decision.

“I do not want to be at a team that doesn’t want me,” he said.

“Formula One is a dangerous sport and you have to rely on the team you are working with. It is a question of safety, and it is fair to say I don’t have that trust in them.”

 

It is yet to be confirmed what role Magnussen will play for Haas in the official pre-season test in Bahrain from March 10-12.

Magnussen will though be on the grid for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.