Long-time Kimi Raikkonen engineer to partner Kevin Magnussen permanently

Henry Valantine
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen smiles. France July 2022.

Haas have confirmed they have brought in Mark Slade to partner Kevin Magnussen as his full-time engineer from the Singapore Grand Prix after a lengthy search.

Slade, who had worked at McLaren alongside Kimi Raikkonen, had most recently worked at ‘Team Enstone’ under their Lotus, Renault and Alpine guises for a decade until leaving at the end of last season, and has now taken on the role of guiding Magnussen through his race weekends with Haas.

Magnussen’s former engineer Ed Regan had been moved into an office role after confirming he will be leaving the team towards the end of the season, with Dominic Haines having taken on the role on an interim basis while Haas’ recruitment process took place, advising the Dane at Spa, Zandvoort and Monza.

Haas confirmed the news to media including PlanetF1, adding in a brief statement that “Mark joins Haas with a wealth of experience gained at teams such as Renault/Mercedes/McLaren. Mark’s first race will be the Singapore Grand Prix”.

More recently, Slade had worked alongside Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg before leaving his previous team, bringing knowledge to Haas amassed over a long stint working in Formula 1 previously.

Haas had advertised for the job of Magnussen’s engineer with a lengthy list of requirements for candidates, including having a minimum of a 2:1 in an industry engineering degree, as well as five years of trackside experience within Formula 1.

The pair will begin working together at the next race, with the double header of Singapore and Japan to come as the sport returns to both countries for the first time since 2019.

Magnussen currently has 22 points to his name so far this year after his comeback, although he has not finished above 15th position in the past five races.

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