Räikkönen's race engineer named
18 December 2013 – Antonio Spagnolo will be Kimi Räikkönen’s race engineer for the 2014 FIA F1 World Championship season, the Scuderia has said.
Confirmation came on Tuesday, when the Finn visited the team’s base at Maranello to meet with team principal, Stefano Domenciali, as well as Spagnolo and other senior race engineers.
“It was an opportunity to go over the current state of play on the design of the 2014 car, as well as a chance for Kimi to meet up with many old friends,” Ferrari said on its official website.
Räikkönen, who missed the final two races in the USA and Brazil after electing to have surgery on his troublesome back, will switch back to Ferrari next season after a two-year stint with Lotus. The ‘ice-man’ was previously with the Scuderia from 2007 to 2009, with Chris Dyer and Andrea Stella acting as his race engineer during that three-year period. Neither are now available, however, as Dyer is now chief engineer of BMW’s DTM programme, while Stella is Fernando Alonso’s race engineer.
It has been speculated that Mark Slade – Kimi’s engineer at Lotus – might move to Marnanello, although in the end Spagnolo got the nod.
Spagnolo started his F1 career with Minardi in 2004, before then moving to the Scuderia. This season he acted as Alonso’s chassis engineer.