Haas announced that they will bring veteran F1 engineer Mark Slade onto the team to serve as Kevin Magnussen’s race engineer. Throughout his F1 career, Slade has worked with teams including McLaren, Mercedes, Renault, and Lotus. Slade also has an impressive list of drives on his resume that he has collaborated with including, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg, and Esteban Ocon.
Over his 18-year period with McLaren, Slade joined the engineering team and established strong bonds with drivers such as Kimi Raikkonen, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen and Heikki Kovalainen. He was race engineer for Mika Hakkinen when the Finn won the Drivers' Championship in 1998 and 1999.
Kovalainen spoke to Motorsport.com recalling his experience working alongside Slade. “I think having Mark Slade as my engineer was a significant factor,” Kovalainen said.
“It was relatively easy to start working with him [at Lotus] because I knew him from McLaren days, and I knew how he works.
“He knew what I needed as well. If I got lost he could actually make suggestions just by looking at the telemetry, so it was really helpful.
“I had a good time at McLaren with him and he’s worked with some really good drivers, and he’s obviously a great engineer.”
After his time with McLaren, Slade joined Renault on and off from 2010 to 2020 where he reunited with Kimi Raikkonen then joined forces with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon. Slade’s last role within a F1 team was in 2020 when he worked with French driver Ocon during that time frame.
Slade is to replace Ed Regan as Magnussen’s permanent race engineer from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards.
According to Haas, Regan moved into an office-based role. Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, Slade's extensive experience in F1 will be a significant factor not just on track but for luring in top talent to fill in an open seat for Haas in 2023. With current driver Mick Schumacher set to leave at the end of the 2022 season, having Slade on board will add more value to the team as a whole.