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Kevin Magnussen replaces Nikita Mazepin of Russia as driver for Haas

Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen, who was part of the Haas F1 team until 2020, is back on the track with a multi-year contract. He will join Mick Schumacher as Haas removes Mazepin as its first choice driver.

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March 10, 2022, 07:23 am

Danish Haas driver Kevin Magnussen attends a press conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  (Image file) (AP)
Danish Haas driver Kevin Magnussen attends a press conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (File image) (AP)

The Haas Formula One team has replaced Russia’s Nikita Mazepin as the first-choice driver for this season’s world racing championship. On Wednesday, Haas announced that their former Danish driver Kevin Magnussen will replace Mazepin after two years.

Magnussen has been part of the Haas Formula One team since 2017 when he made his debut.

However, Haas replaced Magnussen with Mazepin as the team restructured around financing during the Covid-19 crisis.

Magnussen will team up with Mick Schumacher as Haas’ driver for the upcoming Formula One season. The season kicks off in Bahrain on March 20 after the final three days of testing starts today.

Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 team leader, said, “When looking for a driver who can bring value to the team, not to mention Formula 1 experience, Kevin was a straightforward decision for us. Kevin’s immediate availability means we can tap him as a resource for pre-season testing alongside both Mick Schumacher and (sub) Pietro Fittipaldi.”

Magnussen also reacted to his return to the Formula One circuit after a two-year gap. “I was obviously surprised but also excited when I received the call from Haas’ F1 Team,” he said. I am looking in a different direction regarding my commitments for 2022 but the opportunity to return to play in Formula 1, and with a team I know extremely well, is simply too tempting. I would like to thank Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for the opportunity to continue my Formula 1 career. We had a strong relationship and our positive relationship remained even after I left at the end of 2020.”

Meanwhile, former Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin and his father Dmitry have been named on the EU’s sanctions blacklist after being sacked by the US-owned F1 team following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The sanction means that Mazepin will not be able to compete in many races even if his contract has not been terminated.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a ‘special military operation’, has resulted in a flurry of sanctions with ally Belarus also sanctioned.

Date of first publication: March 10, 2022, 07:23 AM IST

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