Raikkonen’s engineer Lotus engineer not moving to Ferrari

Mark Slade

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)

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  • 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.