Haas had been evaluating various candidates for the 2022 season, after deciding that it could not continue with Mazepin and Russian title sponsor Uralkali within the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.
Whereas skilled racers like Antonio Giovinazzi and Nico Hulkenberg have been strongly linked with the seat, Haas has elected to return to its former driver Magnussen to be team-mate to Mick Schumacher on what has been described as a “multi-year” settlement.
Magnussen drove for the Haas crew from 2017 to 2020, however the American owned outfit elected to not proceed with him for final 12 months because it needed to pursue the event of rookies as an alternative.
After dropping his F1 seat, Magnussen switched to sportscars, primarily racing within the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Chip Ganassi Racing, and has been signed to Peugeot’s Le Mans Hypercar programme.
He additionally made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut alongside his father Jan final 12 months, and was due for a return to this year’s event following confirmation that Peugeot will not race at Le Mans this year.
An settlement has now been reached with each Peugeot and Ganassi – with whom Magnussen was due to continue for the upcoming Sebring 12 Hours IMSA race – to permit him to take up the Haas seat.
At present on his method to Bahrain to participate on this week’s remaining pre-season check, Magnussen stated he was desirous to get to work together with his former crew once more.
“I used to be clearly very shocked however equally very excited to obtain the decision from Haas F1 Group,” the 29-year-old stated.
“I used to be trying in a distinct route concerning my commitments for 2022 however the alternative to return to compete in System 1, and with a crew I do know extraordinarily nicely, was just too interesting.
Magnussen took a greatest end of fifth in his three seasons with Haas, on the 2018 Bahrain and Austrian Grands Prix
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“I actually should say thanks to each Peugeot and Chip Ganassi Racing for releasing me promptly – each are nice organisations.
“Naturally, I additionally wish to thank Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for the possibility to renew my System 1 profession – I do know simply how aggressive they each are and the way eager they’re to return to competing week in and week out.
“We’ve loved a strong relationship and our constructive affiliation remained even after I left on the finish of 2020. I’ve been briefed as a lot as attainable on the event of the VF-22 and the potential within the bundle.
“There’s work to do however I’m excited to be part of it. I can’t wait to get again behind the wheel of a System 1 automobile in Bahrain.”
Group boss Gunther Steiner stated that it had been a straightforward choice to make to go for Magnussen, whose greatest F1 result’s the second place he achieved on debut with McLaren in 2014.
“I’m delighted to welcome Kevin Magnussen again to Haas F1 crew,” he defined.
“When in search of a driver who may deliver worth to the crew, to not point out a wealth of System 1 expertise, Kevin was a simple choice for us.
“Kevin’s fast availability means we are able to faucet into him as a useful resource for pre-season testing alongside each Mick Schumacher and Pietro Fittipaldi.
“Pietro’s going to be first on this week with half a day’s working on the check on Thursday – that’s an amazing alternative for him, with Mick and Kevin doing the remaining forward of the Bahrain Grand Prix.”