The Haas F1 Team will soon announce its second starting driver following the termination of Nikita Mazepin’s contract. If Pietro Fittipaldi will do the last test session in Bahrain, an experienced driver would be sought.
If Pietro Fittipaldi will be in the second Haas for these three days of testing in Bahrain, the American team would like to find an experienced replacement to play alongside Mick Schumacher in 2022.
Is the Magnussen rumor serious?
The rumor comes directly from Denmark on the site of Ekstra Bladets, which places Kevin Magnussen, the former resident of the Haas F1 Team stable among the contenders for the seat available. If Kevin Magnussen knows the team very well having played there for 4 seasons, he has since turned to a career in Endurance.
He also said at the time that a possible return to F1 would only be made if it was rewarding for him. It remains to be seen what this entails, because he obviously had a very complicated period at Haas when the team sank to the back of the pack.
« Whatever I do, I won’t get into anything if I know I can never win again. I was there in F1 for seven years and enjoyed my time there. But in terms of athletically, as an athlete, it wasn’t rewarding enough to be in the position I was in, » he told Racer.com at the time.
Would the new 2022 regulations be reason enough to return to F1 even at Haas F1 Team? Because if the Danish decides to return to F1 (and if his candidacy is real), he will have to get rid of his other commitments.
Because indeed, Kevin Magnussen, had already oriented his career plans towards Endurance, and had already evolved last year in the American IMSA championship (at Chip Ganassi Racing), he even did a freelance in the IndyCar Series (at Arrow McLaren Racing SP).
And in 2022 there are already several races scheduled which conflict with the F1 calendar, so he will have to choose. The second round of IMSA, the 12 Hours of Sebring takes place on the same weekend as the season opener in F1. The Dane has an agreement to drive three more races with Ganassi Racing… and he’s signed with Peugeot Sport for their return to the FIA WEC, which the firm is believed to debut after Le Mans, for two or three races in 2022.