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Former Raikkonen F1 engineer Slade joins Haas to supervise Magnussen

Slade replaces Ed Regan, who left at the end of the season, and moved into the office before his official departure.

Slade brings a wealth of experience to success with the McLaren, Renault and Mercedes teams and is clearly a valuable addition to the team.

He joined McLaren in 1991 and spent 18 years with the Woking team in various engineering roles, notably with Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen, including after The winner narrowly won the championship twice in 2003 and 2005.

He switched to Renault for the 2010 season, but then moved to Mercedes in 2011 as engineer Michael Schumacher, assisted by Lewis Hamilton’s current engineer Peter Bonington.

However, he again only stayed one season before returning to Renault in 2012. He stayed with Enstone during his years with Lotus, when he was reunited with Raikkonen.

Between 2017 and 2019, he was at the helm of Nico Hulkenberg, who happened to be Lee, who worked with Haas as the future of Mick Schumacher was still unclear .

Slade’s last on-track role at Renault was at the helm of Esteban Ocon in 2020 before being restructured at the end of the season. He then left the team and has been on the sidelines ever since.

Mark Slade, Renault Sport F1 Team Engineer

Mark Slade, Engineer, Renault Sport F1 Team

Photo: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

He is highly regarded by drivers, with whom he has developed close relationships such as Heikki Kovalainen, who in 2008 and worked with him at McLaren in 2009 and again briefly at Lotus in 2013.

“I think having Mark Slade as my engineer was a big factor,” Finn told Motorsport.com about their relationship.

“It was relatively easy to start working with him [at Lotus] because I’ve known him since the McLaren days and I know how he works.

“He also knew what I needed. If I get lost, he can actually make suggestions by looking at the telemetry data, so that’s really helpful.

“I had a great time at McLaren with him, he worked with some really good drivers and he’s obviously a great engineer.”

Magnussen’s best result so far in F1’s return is still his fifth in Bahrain, with the Dane currently 12th in the drivers’ standings, 10th ahead of Schumacher .



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