HAAS snaps up big name with former Mclaren and Renault race engineer
The HAAS Formula 1 team has recruited ex-McLaren and Renault engineer Mark Slade to be Kevin Magnussen’s full time race engineer.
Slade spent almost two decades with McLaren as part of the engineering team before a decade long stint with ‘Team Enstone’ (Renault and Lotus) across its various departments that was interrupted by a brief one year spell at Mercedes in which he was the race engineer for the legendary 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher.
During his time at Enstone, he was the race engineer for Kimi Raikkonen , who he previously worked with at McLaren as well, as well as being the race engineer for current Alpine (former renault) driver Esteban Ocon.
He also worked with another Finnish F1 champion by the name of Mika Hakkinen during his time at McLaren that stretched back to 1991. During his two decade long career at McLaren, he also remained the race engineer for Heikki Kovalainen.
Slade has joined Haas to be Magnussen’s race engineer, a role he will begin at the next race in Singapore.
Magnussen was previously engineered by Ed Regan, who Haas revealed ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix in August had moved into an office based role prior to his departure “towards the end of the season”.
Regan was replaced on a short-term basis by Dominic Haines, who was Magnussen’s race engineer for the triple-header of Spa, Zandvoort and Monza.
Haines previously worked as race engineer for Romain Grosjean and Nikita Mazepin then moved into a non travelling role with the team.
Slade will be a permanent appointment, though, and work with the team for the first time in Singapore.