Slade replaces Ed Regan, who’s leaving the staff on the finish of this season and has moved into an office-based position previous to his official departure.
Slade brings a wealth of expertise gained with McLaren, Renault and Mercedes, and is clearly a useful addition to the staff.
He joined McLaren in 1991 and over 18 years with the Woking outfit he labored in quite a lot of engineering roles, notably with Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen, together with in the course of the latter’s two title close to misses in 2003 and 2005.
He moved to Renault for the 2010 season however then switched to Mercedes in 2011 to engineer Michael Schumacher, assisted by Lewis Hamilton’s present engineer, Peter Bonnington.
Nevertheless he once more stayed for just one season earlier than shifting again to Renault in 2012. He stayed with the Enstone staff by the Lotus years, when he was reunited with Raikkonen.
Between 2017 and 2019 he ran Nico Hulkenberg, who by co-incidence has been linked with Haas as Mick Schumacher’s future stays unclear.
Slade’s final trackside position with Renault was working Esteban Ocon in 2020, earlier than a reshuffle on the finish of the season. He subsequently left the staff, and has been on the sidelines since then.
He’s extremely regarded by drivers with whom he’s shaped an in depth bond, corresponding to Heikki Kovalainen, who labored with him at McLaren in 2008 and 2009 and once more briefly at Lotus in 2013.
Slade (proper) loved fruitful spells with Raikkonen at McLaren and Lotus
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“I feel having Mark Slade as my engineer was a major issue,” the Finn informed Autosport of their relationship.
“It was comparatively simple to begin working with him [at Lotus] as a result of I knew him from McLaren days, and I knew how he works.
“He knew what I wanted as effectively. If I bought misplaced he may truly make ideas simply by wanting on the telemetry, so it was actually useful.
“I had fun at McLaren with him and he’s labored with some actually good drivers, and he’s clearly an excellent engineer.”
Magnussen’s finest end from his F1 return thus far stays the fifth place he claimed on his return in Bahrain, the Dane at the moment mendacity twelfth within the drivers’ standings, 10 factors forward of Schumacher.