Webber and Raikkonen swap race engineers

Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Red Bull Racing talks with his race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam as he prepares to drive the new Red Bull Racing RB8 during Formula One winter testing at the Circuito de Jerez on February 7, 2012 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber; Ciaron Pilbeam

Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus will be working with new Formula One race engineers this season after their previous ones swapped teams.

Red Bull said that Ciaron Pilbeam, who has worked with Webber since 2007, had taken a new role at Lotus while Raikkonen’s 2012 race engineer Simon Rennie had moved in the opposite direction to team up with Webber.

Rennie was previously a race engineer with double world champion Fernando Alonso at Renault, the team that is now Lotus, as well as Poland’s Robert Kubica.

Last season he was famously rebuffed by 2007 champion Raikkonen, with the words”Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Raikkonen later gave all the Lotus employees T-shirts with “Just leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” written on them.

Drivers spend much of their grand prix weekends with their race engineers, working together on the set up of the car and strategy. (Reuters)

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