Raikkonen’s engineer Lotus engineer not moving to Ferrari 10 October, 2013 Mark Slade Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer Mark Slade will not follow him from Lotus to Ferrari, according to the latest reports. The Finn worked with Slade initially at McLaren, and the pair reunited when Raikkonen returned to Formula 1 with Lotus last year. But a report in Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday said Ferrari has “no intention” of hiring Slade. With Felipe Massa’s engineer Rob Smedley believed to be heading to Williams, the report said Ferrari will promote from within as it prepares to welcome Raikkonen. Raikkonen’s former Ferrari engineer, Andrea Stella, now works with Fernando Alonso. Spaniard Alonso said on Thursday that he does not expect Raikkonen to be quicker than Massa in 2014. “If we have a competitive car we will enjoy the season and we will do very good things,” he said. “If we don’t have a competitive car it will be very similar to this season I think,” added Alonso. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsMaldonado set to sign for Lotus this week and fire up driver marketLotus would prefer Hulkenberg over Maldonado for 2014Hulkenberg in frame for 2014 race seat at Lotus, Force India or SauberRaikkonen to Sauber and Hulkenberg to Lotus for Austin?Lotus prospective investor Quantum wants Hulkenberg for 2014Has Maldonado secured Lotus drive at expense of Hulkenberg?Lotus boss wants Hulkenberg but admits talks with Maldonado for 2014Grosjean: Hulkenberg would be an ideal teammateGrosjean looks certain for Lotus in 2014 as Hulkenberg waitsHulkenberg has nothing to report on Lotus future Harry Gillespie So Alonso does not expect Kimmi to be quicker than Massa in 2014. Well well that says it all. He Alonso has obviously been guaranteed or expects to be team leader as per normal, so nothing new there. I just hope both are given the same machinery and identical status.