Haas confirm Kevin Magnussen change for 2022 Belgian GP

Kevin Magnussen has been in fine form since his return to Haas at the start of this season.

Kevin Magnussen will be working with Dominic Haines from this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, the team have confirmed.

The Dane initially worked with Guiliano Salvi in 2017 and 2018, his first two years with Haas, and the pair worked together to achieve 16 points finishes in that time.

Salvi left the team ahead of the 2019 season, and Garry Gannon, who had engineered Romain Grosjean since 2016, moved across to the now 29-year-old’s side of the garage.

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The Frenchman began working with Haines that year, with their relationship ending in 2020 after both Grosjean and Magnussen left the American side.

They were replaced by Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, with the German being paired with Gannon, while the 23-year-old worked with Haines.

Haines departed his travelling role with the Banbury-based squad at the end of last season, and Mazepin was dropped amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, so Magnussen returned.

Ed Raegan was brought in to work with the returning once podium finisher, but he too has decided to retreat to a UK-based role.

Haines has returned trackside as a result, but he will not be returning for the rest of the season; he is deputising until the team can find a replacement.

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“For the Belgian, Dutch and Italian Grands Prix, the No.20 car of Kevin Magnussen will be race engineered by Dominic Haines,” said a Haas spokesperson.

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“Ed Regan has transitioned to an office-based role prior to his departure from the team towards the end of the season.

“Dominic, who previously race engineered both Romain Grosjean and Nikita Mazepin before assuming a non-travelling role within the team, will stand in prior to the commencement of a new race engineer for Magnussen – expected by the Singapore Grand Prix.”

Magnussen has scored points four times in 2022 in what has been a fairly successful return to the pinnacle of motorsport.

The former McLaren and Renault driver sits 11th in the Drivers’ Standings, four positions and 10 points ahead of Schumacher, who has begun to find his feet in recent rounds.