Magnussen departs Peugeot following Haas F1 return

Kevin Magnussen has departed the Peugeot Sport WEC Hypercar team following his announcement to return to Formula 1 with the Haas Team.

The 29-year-old has departed Peugeot Sport ahead of the brand’s run-up to their World Endurance Championship debut with their Le Mans Hypercar (LMH).

Following Nikita Mazepin’s exit from Haas, the Dane will replace him on a multi-year contract in Formula 1.

This announcement has promptly ended his partnership with Peugeot who are in the midst of developing and testing their 9X8 LMH.

Peugeot released a statement in reaction to Magnussen’s news.

“We have taken note of Kevin Magnussen’s decision to return to Formula 1 and wish him all the best.

“He will be replaced within the Team PEUGEOT TotalEnergies.

“As we had done for the initial line-up, in addition to performance, our selection criteria is based on mindset and the ability to work as a team, to push and motive one another is essential in our selection process and in endurance racing.

“We will once again look at our analysis of speed, consistency and reliability.

“We remain focused on Jean-Eric [Vergne], Loic [Duval], Paul [Di Resta], Mikkel [Jensen], Gustavo [Menezes] and James [Rossiter – Reserve Driver], and the development of the Peugeot 9X8 with our eye on our start in competition this summer.”

As the manufacturer search for a driver to fulfill Magnussen’s former spot in the driver line-up, preparations are set to continue en route to homologating their LMH with the other drivers.

Peugeot still target their debut to be after the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, and likely at the 6 Hours of Monza which will succeed the French classic on the 2022 calendar.

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