Formula One

Kevin Magnussen Returns To Replace Sacked Nikita Mazepin At Haas

Kevin Magnussen on Wednesday got back to the Haas Formula One group to supplant Russian driver Nikita Mazepin who was sacked following the Russian attack of Ukraine.

Haas said 29-year-old Magnussen had marked a " multi-year contract agreement" and the Dane will drive in the authority pre-season test at Bahrain from Thursday to Saturday. "I'm delighted to welcome Kevin Magnussen back to Haas F1 Team,"," said Guenther Steiner, the Haas group chief.

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"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."

"I don't bring a lot other than just my driving skills to a team so I thought that was still not going to be a possibility and then Guenther called me and that was a big surprise," said Magnussen at testing in Bahrain ahead of the March 20 season-opener.

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"I felt really excited when he called me and asked if I wanted to come back.

"I said yes immediately. Then afterwards I kind of thought about it."

Magnussen said a rules revolution for 2022 opened the possibility of better opportunities.

The comeback will be his second in a career that started with McLaren in 2014 before stalling after a year on the sidelines in 2015.

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Mazepin and Haas' Russian title support Uralkali had their agreements ended last Saturday because of the intrusion of Ukraine.

Mazepin's dad Dmitry is a non-executive director of Uralkali, a gathering work in potash.

Magnussen, a veteran of 119 vocation Formula One beginnings - - with a platform finish on his introduction in 2014 - - recently dashed for Haas between 2017-2020 after stretches with McLaren and Renault.

He scored a career-high ninth place finish in the world championship with Haas in 2018.

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