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Posted By: James Allen  |  10 Oct 2013   |  8:46 am GMT  |  134 comments

Kimi Raikkonen will not be accompanied by his long time engineer Mark Slade, when he makes his transfer to Ferrari next year, according to reports in Italy.

Slade worked closely with Raikkonen during his McLaren years and was hired by Lotus when the Finn made his dramatic comeback last season.

But in the intervening years, when Raikkonen was at Ferrari, he worked first with Michael Schumacher’s engineer Chris Dyer, with whom he won the 2007 world championship and then with Andrea Stella, who is now joined at the hip with Fernando Alonso.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport today, “Ferrari has no intention of hiring Mark Slade to bring him to Maranello as engineer to the “Iceman”. The Finn will be asked to work with another engineer, chosen by team principal Stefano Domenicali, as the Alonso-Stella partnership is unbreakable.”

The paper hints that Domenicali is likely to choose either Giuliano Slavi or Antonio Spagnolo, who work currently as chassis engineers for Massa and Alonso respectively. Ferrari wants to promote from within and promote Italians.

Massa’s engineer Rob Smedley is expected to return to the UK, most likely with Williams, although McLaren has hinted at some eye catching technical appointments and Smedley would work well in the liaison between wind tunnel/design departments and track operations. He is highly regarded by McLaren’s increasingly influential Sporting Director Sam Michael and it would be an exciting place to work, with Honda from 2015 onwards.

Engineers say that Raikkonen is easy to work with, although he does not like working on the simulators. Ferrari has Pedro de la Rosa for that and he is likely to be a pivotal figure in Ferrari next season. He has already done a significant amount of work on the 2014 car and told this website that drivers will have to perfect a new artform in throttle techniques next season to manage the fuel consumption. Instead of 150kg of fuel for a 300km race, as it is currently, next season, drivers will have only 100kg.

Sebastian Vettel spoke about this yesterday on an Infiniti sponsor day in Yokohama, “Qualifying will not change but what worries me more is the race, after having done quite a few simulations,” he said. “Because with a 100kg fuel limit you have to be very careful with the throttle.

“I hope that we will be able to push to the limit for the whole race, because this is our job..”

To hear JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan discuss how drivers will have to change their styles in 2014, as well as insight from Mercedes’ engine boss Andy Cowell on the 2014 turbo engines listen to our latestJA on F1 Podcast

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  1. Spyros says:

    I guess Ferrari think they pay him enough, so he ought to get on with it.

    Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

    1. cosmosxiv says:

      Well, Kimi does know what he’s doing, so he can probably be left alone.

      1. gollino says:

        And then he “will see what happens”.
        No worries at all.

    2. Mark says:

      NO! I think this is important to note. Slade and Raikkonen are one of the best partnerships in f1. Kimi should have insisted. Sometimes I feel Kimi is too passive about the things not directly related to racing- they can be just as important.

      1. Antti says:

        Maybe it’s not just up to Kimi? Maybe it just happens that Mark Slade does not want to move to Italy, but stay with his family in England? As far as I know, this was the reason Slade didn’t move with Kimi to Ferrari before, and I think that might be the reason this time too, not Ferrari being reluctant to hire him.

      2. Marybeth says:

        Adrian Newey does not want to move to Italy, or his family doesn’t. :) So he stays at Red Bull.

      3. davis says:

        But Kimi’s agent is certainly not passive. They must have negotiated all of this in advance so I guess they and Kimi don’t see it as a big deal.

      4. nusratolla says:

        +1

      5. Marybeth says:

        Kimi won his 1st WDC with Stella & at Ferrari.

      6. Harshad says:

        Nopes, Chris Dyer was his engineer in 2007

      7. Spyros says:

        Aw come on…

        Kimi himself says that the reason he liked Shade being at Lotus, was that he was AT Lotus… i.e. he knew the team and made his return to F1 racing that much easier.

        So what’s the point in getting an engineer that is NOT familiar with the workings inside Ferrari?

        Frankly, this “story” is a perfect example of Italian (and other) journalists trying to whip-up an early Kimi-Alonso rivalry, before next year: Kimi can’t have his old Ferrari engineer because Alonso has him now… big deal.

      8. gpfan says:

        Slade and Raikkonen? They’ve never toured
        together!

        As a matter of fact, Kimi wasn’t even born
        when Slade were at their peak, appearing on
        ‘Top Of The Pops’.

  2. Alexis says:

    Nursing tyres, sipping fuel and heavy drivers without drives. 2014 sounds like it’s going to be epic.

    1. vuelvekowalsky says:

      The older fans saw economy runs in 1985, and there was nothing epic about it. Drivers having to lift the foot at the end of the race, and guys like prost, that were nowhere at the begining of the race, winning at the last moment.
      With time, engineers will get on top of it, but from the spectators point of view, do not expect very exciting races during the first year, of this second turbo era.

      1. Veteran says:

        He was being sarcastic…

      2. ManOnWheels says:

        You seem to ignore that technology has advanced, engineers can now measure the fuel that is left in the tank better than ever, they do simulate multiple strategies and events in real time on their computers, estimating the most promising strategies at any moment in time, they have very sophisticated engine mappings for different situations.
        All this technology has lead us into a situation, where now, even before 2014, we have seen economy runs when rain and safety cars were expected and the race pace turned out faster than that.

        The bottom line is: We won’t notice the economy runs as much as we did in the 80s. Strategists will time the aggressive and conservative phases in the race way better than back in the days.

      3. Lackey says:

        The problem is 100kg limit is too tight for same races. It is no fun if the conservative phases last the whole race.

    2. Spyros says:

      Yup… the lap difference between pole and the first 10 laps of the race (when the cars are heaviest) is set to increase quite a bit…

      Remember RBR telling Sepastian to burn fuel, behind the safety car in Korea? Try getting your head around what a similar scenario would lead to, in 2014!

    3. D@X says:

      +1 Rolling on the floor with laughter! I mean what else are we going to nurse? Seems the list keeps growing.
      Engines
      Gear box
      Tyres
      Fuel
      Brake pads
      Co2 emissions cap
      Speed limit
      etc

    4. Grant H says:

      I have concerns this low fuel limit could be bad for the sport,

  3. Bolaji says:

    From 150Kg of fuel to 100 ? This year its tyres and next year its fuel. Though I love this sport many times I cant help feeling that it is still in a very immature state. How many sports in the world undergo as many rule changes each year as F1 ? How can this be good for the sport ?
    How can it attain a fraction of the global acceptance and appeal of other sports when the rules are so unstable and change every year ?

    1. CYeo says:

      Next year it is fuel, tyres, engine + batteries, car and driver.

      Whichever team has the best integration of all of the above should hopefully win.

      1. Equin0x says:

        Yet you will end up with Vettel being world champion, good luck Hamilton fans not pulling your hair out and spewing on these forums after the first race saying “just hand Vettel the title” and then go on a full assault on the sport, but the bottom line is without this historic and in my eyes the biggest sport in the world drivers like Hamilton and Alonso are nothing.

      2. Grant H says:

        I think there will be seconds not tenths between teams next year, remember the early 90′s where drivers won by 30-60 seconds

    2. Wade Parmino says:

      The general rules of the sport don’t change, just the technical regulations.

    3. variable says:

      Because you wont stop watching it!

      as soon as F1 looses its audience, it might consider rolling back some of these changes, but if anything, F1 is still increasing its audiences

      1. Tim says:

        I thought the viewing figures were in decline. Mostly, as a consequence of the increasing number of pay to view broadcasting deals in Europe and falling audiences in Asia. I may be wrong though, wouldn’t be the first time :-)

    4. Flying Scotsman says:

      The rules have to be in a constant state of flux to keep the engineers on their toes.

    5. Daniel MA says:

      Because its the best drivers are in the world with the fastest cars in the world, nothing more to say really.

    6. Daniel Spiller says:

      Surely with the ERS supplying a third of the cars laptime, its not beyond the realms to believe that it should provide a third of the cars energy usage for the race. Your argument as far as being “150kg – 100kg next year therefore it seems, is pointless. The racing shouldn’t change, just the process. Using ERS INSTEAD of throttle, as opposed to using KERS in ADDITION to the throttle.

  4. justafan says:

    As a Ferrari fan it frustrates me they chose drivers that cannot qualify. I agree that Alo/Rai are excellent race drivers but so is Vet, who in contrast is also an excellent qualifier. So I fear in the next couple of years Ferrari are destined to come home second at best due to their driver choice. They really should have opened the wallets and get Vet. RBR would not be a Championship contender without Vet as the last 4 years have proven. Why can’t Ferrari see this? How blind can they be to not understand reality, James? Rant over. A frustrated Ferrari fan.

    1. Mocho_Pikuain says:

      I supose its just about the whole package.
      Alonso is a very good qualifyier, and kimi is good (look at their face-to-face record with team mates and you will realise what i mean), the thing is they are probably the two best race drivers out there, and this, in the DRS era can be a huge advatage. Remember the first races, Lotus and Ferrari were 2nd-3rd row cars, but Alonso managed to get 2 wins (without wings problems probably would have been 4) and Kimi got one with some good podiums.
      Also we have seen Vettel have big qualifying and race problems when the car isnt good enough or doesnt suit his style, and seeing Ferrari latest F1 cars i think a couple of experienced drivers that are rknown to work great around the car its what Ferrari needs for the next year.
      Let’s hope that red V6 is good and everything will be fine mate!

    2. Equin0x says:

      Well I see your point there and agree completely even though I’m not a Ferrari fan, as I’ve said before ideally they would have to sign Vettel and Hulkenberg with Hulkenberg playing the Webber role of rinsing every single team mate until he meets Seb but then they’d have 2 of the best qualifiers and even in the race Vettel is faster than Alonso anyway. As goes for Kimi he’s a reliable points collector for Ferrari a good signing in the short term.

    3. H.Guderian says:

      Come on!!! VET is “an excellent qualifier” because his *CAR* is TWO SECONDS FASTER. I’d love to see VET trying to get Q3-P1 with the current Ferrari’s “car”.

      1. Tealeaf says:

        His car is 2 seconds faster? Why just because of a few laps in singapore where he was also 2 seconds faster than Webber whilst driving the same car? Yeah put him in that Ferrari he’d out qualify Alonso at least 15-4! To say Seb can’t reach Q3 and worse than Massa suggest you are stirring the pot for a response but the fact remains Seb probably the fastest driver in F1.

      2. H.Guderian says:

        YES. If you read all the posts you can see his car IS TWO SECONDS FASTER. No doubts about it. This is a FACT.

        WEB with the same car? Huuummm. You did not read Minardi’s post, right?

        Out qualify ALO (or KIM or HAM)? Why he didn’t go to Ferrari dispite his “dream” to drive for them?

        Why RBR did not hire a top notch driver? (like ALO or KIM)

      3. Kirk says:

        Come on! Even with a good car you still need to drive it, a guy with 42 poles can’t be average, always good drivers ends in good cars, I don’t know how good could he do it in a Ferrari, the only thing I know by having watched almost all qualification sessions is that the guy is really good, as is his car, its a whole package, or do you think that the car set up by the simulator?

      4. H.Guderian says:

        Kirk,
        I’m not saying he is a bad driver. It would be silly to say that. What I’M SAYING is that *HIS* (not WEB’s) car
        is from another planet. VET still has to prove how good his is in a bad car (like the current Ferrari or McLaren).
        If 2014 RBR is a dog of a car (it won’t be) and VET continues to grab poles and victories, I will be the first to say: Wow, this kid is REALLY good.

        Now, imagine Button (not ALO or KIM or HAM) on VET’s RBR. Do you really think he will do worse than VET?

        Do you remember what he did with a superb car? (Brawn) He was flawless. perfect.

      5. Rob says:

        Yeah, Vettel doesnt have over 20 more Pole positions than Alonso, or does he? YES

        Vettel’s pole performance weather you want to admit it or not is impressive!

      6. Mocho_Pikuain says:

        As impressive as his car has been, no more. Remember the worst Red Bull he was driving? Mark was beating him.

      7. H.Guderian says:

        With a *TWO* SECONDS FASTER CAR, VET should have 40 poles over ALO. A chimp would do that.

      8. Vyaname says:

        Yes, ALO got 2 DWC. Hmm, wasn’t those 2 in a car that had ballast advantages (over everyone else) till the FIA found out and banned the low CG technique the next year? Gee, since then… hmmm, the greatest driver in F1… has been winning everything in sight. Oh yeah, ALO is the best.

      9. Vyaname says:

        Yes, VET is put in the car for weight regulation compliance! Adrian Newey drives the car from the pit wall. This is the RBR secret even Mark Webber doesn’t know – and hence he can’t reveal it to buddy ALO. No, really, it’s true.

    4. Kimi4WDC says:

      Did you ever think Vettel got a good qualifying car? There is not much separating top driver. Did you think Vettel was bad when he was not on Pole this year?

    5. Tim says:

      @justafan
      Why can’t Ferrari see this? How blind can they be to not understand reality….
      Has it occurred to you that your assessment might be wrong?
      On the one hand, we have the most successful team in the history of F1. The same team which has dozens of technical analysts at their disposal, who spend countless hours poring over the data from races and testing. They have decades of experience running a top F1 team and of choosing and managing their drivers (some of the biggest and most successful drivers in the history of F1). Then on the other hand, we have you – no disrespect but what can you possibly know that Ferrari doesn’t?

  5. Manchesterf1 says:

    Kimi doesnt need simulator. When it comes to efficient driving style, there’s no one on the grid better than him.

    But these driving style sometime cause him issues in qualifying.

    But with more than doubled torque next year, i doubt the tire heating issues will trouble him.

    1. Equin0x says:

      That’s true, Raikkonen was a great qualifier when the cars wasn’t underpowered and too much grip like the 970hp V10 days, if he could hit top form Alonso would be throwing more toys out of the pram than Ferrari can handle.

      1. H.Guderian says:

        hohoho….

        But excuses are already being made by KIM fans: “If the car suits KIM driving style…” I see no one saying “if the car suits ALO driving style”. Funny, isn’t??? If ALO wipes the floor with KIM next year, BLAME THE CAR (ready made excuse).

      2. Tealeaf says:

        Na if Alonso beats Raikkonen then good on him its what everyone expects, if he doesn’t :S all hell will break loose with Alonso’s wrath. Personally I think Ferrari should have hired Hamilton to annoy Alonso and he’s a proven qualifier and the loser of the 2 leaves and make way for Vettel, a perfect way to measure these driver qualities but then I don’t run Ferrari.

      3. Kirk says:

        Of course nobody is saying nothing about Alonso driving style right now, because he has had all this years in Ferrari a dedicated team (included the second driver) to adjust the car to him. Is not the excuse of 2007 of all you hardcore Alonso’s fans that the car was not adjusted to Alonso?. Please, in this case they are just saying that with much torque Kimi will do a better job, you are so extreme, don’t worry, Alonso will be fine next year, don’t be afraid.

      4. Manchesterf1 says:

        not excuse.

        That’s kimi weakness like it or not.

      5. H.Guderian says:

        @kirk

        “Is not the excuse of 2007 of all you hardcore Alonso’s fans that the car was not adjusted to Alonso?”

        Nope. Back then, ALO was *ambushed* by McLaren. RD saying “we are basically racing Fernando” and ALO fighting HAM on Q3 with tyre pressures way below the specs.

        So, it’s a different excuse… ;-)

      6. Kirk says:

        Ok, I give you that, it is a different excuse (don’t know if true or not), that’s why I like this blog, to win a discussion is kind of impossible because almost everybody have good points.

    2. Lohani says:

      I beg to differ on the simulator front. Kimi is used to the days of unlimited, real testing. The only alternative to that is the simulator these days. If you don’t use it, you’ll have to straight away drive the car when it’s crunch time.

      I think not using the sim can be a big disadvantage for drivers, because others will be doing it. F1 of today is far more precarious than it was before. It’s simply not as simple as driving talent getting home good results. Constant rule changes require getting used to the formula of the time, which in many drivers’ cases, could mean learning something new never quite encountered before. So, if your rival is on the sim, and you’re not, there’s some advantage there for the rival.

      Not that the sim is a panacea, but it’s better than nothing. I personally think that teams that invest on simulation (not just driving, but also not just limited to fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, load, sheer and weather simulation) will be better prepared to take things on compared to those that have not. Computer simulations are so advanced these days that you don’t need to own a wind tunnel. You need a supercomputer.

      I think F1 is headed in that direction, not becuase that’s the next logical pinnacle to climb, but because it’s all based on increasing and maintaining tv viewer ship, which is a shame (it doesn’t even have to do with bringing the grid closer and competitive). This is just means to “the” end, which is revenue.

  6. Manchesterf1 says:

    By the way, Peter Windsor and Heikki Kulta confirmed sometimes ago Mark Slade will remain in Lotus due to family issues.

    1. Chromatic says:

      That was what the Finnish press reported. But they also reported that Stella was booked for him…final.

      I would have thought this issue was discussed exhaustively by both parties prior to agreement ?? and Kimi knew who he was getting

      1. Victor says:

        At the same point, it’s an Italian paper writing that a Italian engineer is setting to replace and english engineer on a Italian team.

  7. Rob Newman says:

    Kimi should get on the simulator instead of depending on someone more closer to his teammate.

    The restrictions next year are crazy. Drivers should be able to push to the maximum without being restricted.

    1. BM says:

      Nobody forces a team to use fuel at a rate at which they wouldn’t reach the finish. They can just set their engine to use as much fuel so they will, and the driver could be able to push all the way. It’s not that different from today. Teams just fill in the least amount of fuel they can get away with and quite regularly drivers are being told to save fuel in order to see the finish. The only difference next year is that there’s an upper limit to how much to take onboard.

      The team that manages to get the most power out of those 100kg of fuel will have the best chances. I don’t see where the problem is with that.

      1. Peter Miles says:

        Exactly and well put! I agree that the tyre issues have made some races less exciting perhaps but a fuel limit? There has always been a fuel limit and in most races teams have chosen to put in less than the maximum allowed. I don’t have any stats available but how many times have we heard radio messages urging drivers to save fuel?

        I have hated the engine freeze and have said for a long time that the teams should have a free choice on engines but a set amount of fuel to do with as they see fit. I know it will never come back but I’m old enough to remember F1 grids with V16′s, V12′s and V8′s all competing against each other.

  8. Kaartik says:

    Chris Dyer should be back as Kimi’s engineer, he and kimi did the job for ferrari. Until Chris was promoted during the mid season of 2008 the pair had 8 victories and a WDC

  9. Andy says:

    So, where does that leave Mr Smedley do you think James? Promotion or the boot?

    1. vuelvekowalsky says:

      he signed for williams i think.

    2. Mike says:

      With respect. Why don’t you read the article before asking questions? It tells you quite clearly if you bother to read it!

      1. Andy says:

        With respect, why don’t you read James’ comment on #16 where he says that he’ll add this information to the article. It wasn’t in the original, hence my comment.

    3. Abraham says:

      OMG! He clearly stated what he thinks. Williams or Mclaren. Plz read again.

  10. Daniel says:

    No, driving flat out is not an f1 driver’s job. Finishing fastest with the car you’ve got is. Might as well argue corners slow them down!

    1. That’s just squabbling. Undoubtedly you get the point he was trying to make.

  11. Wade Parmino says:

    Looking forward to cars running out of fuel on the last lap next year with a Caterham or Marussia coming through to win. ;)

    1. Random 79 says:

      If that happens lols will be at an all-time high :)

    2. graham says:

      Bwahahahaha………. :)

  12. TGS says:

    Is there a way to compare fuel loads for different engines? Like saying $3000 in 1925 is about a million dollars today? Is 150kg in a v8 equivalent to 100kg in a v6 1.6 litre engine? I personally love that drivers will have to learn a new art form as de La Rosa puts it, as long as it doesn’t hinder speed.

  13. TRS says:

    So what does the future hold for Rob Smedley?

    1. vuelvekowalsky says:

      williams.

  14. Harshad says:

    “Andrea Stella, who is now joined at the hip with Fernando Alonso.”

    LOLzz!! Nicely put James.

    I actually wanted Slade-Kimi partnership to continue, as they know each other very well, and it could have worked out nicely for both of them.

    But then it is what it is, Lets hope the new engineer doesn’t keep peeping in Kimi’s ears all the time!

    1. Kay says:

      Looking forward to hearing new funny lines from Kimi

  15. Fireman says:

    Gazzetta dello Sport is wrong. Kimi’s racing engineer will be Andrea Stella.

  16. sorry , did i miss what happening with Rob Smedly ?

    1. James Allen says:

      Thanks, Will add in!

      1. thanks James , was not a dig or moan at you ,just wondered :)

  17. Rednas says:

    That’s a shame, but as already stated here Kimi is very easy to work with. And during races you basically just have to give him what he asks which shouldn’t be too difficult right? Everyone still talks about his Abu Dhabi radio conversations, while Hamilton has pretty similar conversations with his engineer this year (which I really enjoy).

    1. dren says:

      Ahh yes, I have also enjoyed Hamilton’s conversations as well. I loved the one where they told him to wait for the graining, and he said he did and it already happened. Then he asks when they’ll pit him because his tires are f-ing shot!

  18. pepe-le-pew says:

    Restrictions define the maximum (its a necesssary eval)

  19. Elie says:

    I think it makes a whole lot of sense for Kimi to have a Ferrari engineer. With the technical changes it’s best he has someone that knows how Ferrari work.

    If the fuel and tyres are very marginal in 2014- Kimi will be a special. If their not he will still be fighting at the front.

  20. monsterFG says:

    Welcome to the Prius F1 championship, How can F1 retain status of motoring pinnacle when they just keep adding restriction after restriction. I get it that they are trying to look green but this sport was never about fuel economy never about watching your throttle input to save fuel, never about saving tyres, never about artificially making tyres not last. 15,000 rpm is a joke for an F1 car and thats if they dont implement 12,000rpm limit, so many negative’s its no funny anymore. where do they plan to stop with this nonsense.Big corporation’s should have never been allowed to step into power position because this is only beginning of murdering F1 as a sport.

  21. Chromatic says:

    Now if Ferrari re-located to Oxforshire ….
    They could have not only Mark Slade but also NEWEY, who we hear doesn’t like to live in foreign parts.

    1. Chromatic says:

      Oxfordshire

    2. Phil Glass says:

      I’d say there’s more chance of a man getting pregnant with twins …

      1. Random 79 says:

        I think I’ll let you be the volunteer for that one Phil :)

      2. Phil Glass says:

        LOL

  22. Random 79 says:

    Serious question here:

    Will Kimi have to learn Italian to talk with his race engineer?

    “Lasciami in pace, so quello che sto facendo…”

    Blame Google if I got that wrong ;)

    1. AK says:

      No, the race engineer will have to lern kimish.

      1. Random 79 says:

        Lol :)

    2. Harshad says:

      No he doesn’t have to!
      Last time when he drove for Ferrari he was asked the same question, he responded saying;
      “I didn’t join Ferrari to learn Italian!”

      1. Ding wamage says:

        But he will allow the Italians to speak Italian, if they want to.

  23. Kit says:

    I wonder if this will lead to a more streamlined design that sacrifices downforce for less air resistance? An armchair observer like me would conclude that less resistance usually mean less energy/fuel used to propel the car.

  24. graham says:

    James,
    Just HOW important is the race engineer. The driver has to be quick, and the car good, but it’s the engineer that interprets the info from the driver to MAKE the car good.
    So, what makes a good engineer?
    Just curious.

    1. James Allen says:

      Very important, but Ferrari have good engineers and Raikkonen coped well enough last time!

  25. iceman says:

    Isn’t promoting someone on the basis that they’re Italian contrary to EU law?

  26. Aleksandar says:

    They want to isolate Kimi so he gets put to second position, smart Ferrari move, let him be disorientated, bad for Kimi.

    Why do I have the feeling Kimi’s tile is worth nothing to them and they will please Santander more..

    1. H.Guderian says:

      Exactly what I said above.

      This is called “excuses in advance” from KIM’s fans.

      WHY are KIM’s fans so afraid of Alonso???

      Don’t worry. KIM will be beaten, but by a small margin.

      By the way: ALO said on AutoSport that KIM is as fast as Massa…. Mind games??? 8-)

      1. Kirk says:

        I think they are not afraid of Alonso, but all the politics and odd things that surrounded him since he came in F1, just look his partnership with Santander, the crash gate, the spy gate, the McLaren relationship, that his manager is Flavio and so on, it makes you think.

      2. Ron says:

        So why are they replacing massa now then?

      3. H.Guderian says:

        Thought this would be clearer by now…

        They (LdM and Dom) hired KIM as an *ALO* replacement. They thought he would leave to RBR. ALO stayed. So they end up with 03 drivers and 02 seats.

        That’s why they are replacing Massa now.

      4. Ron says:

        H. You must be mistaken with the chronology of events. RBR hired Ricciardo first before they hired Kimi. How would Alonso go to RBR? You mean they signed Kimi before RBR decided on Ricciardo or Kimi? Hmmm that’s strange.

      5. Chromatic says:

        Kimi doesn’t give xxxxx about mind games. Let Alonso play on!

      6. Aleksandar says:

        So you think it does not matter if you do not have your best wingman there?

        I post no excuse just the notion of fairness!

  27. kally says:

    next season sounds like another borefest! might as well have an MPG indicator on the dash!

    1. Miha Bevc says:

      I am afraid of that too!

  28. Dan says:

    “McLaren’s increasingly influential Sporting Director Sam Michael” – a deeply worrying quote.

    1. Elie says:

      I will definitely 2nd that..!

    2. BRad says:

      Agree! Like many aspects of F1, influence is how it’s won. Right Bernie?

    3. Mike says:

      Oh dear.

  29. Miha Bevc says:

    So next year fuel will be limiting factor. Drivers will be again asked to drive to delta time in order to see the finish line.

    So it might happen that not the most powerful engine will win, but the most efficient one…

    1. RodgerT says:

      Well since it’s said that the Renault engine is the most efficient of the current generation, that has been the case for the last four seasons.

  30. Antti says:

    The article implies it is Ferrari who doesn’t want to hire Mr. Slade, but could it just be that he doesn’t want to move to Italy? As far as I remember, that was the reason he didn’t follow Kimi to Ferrari before.

  31. Seifenkistler says:

    I start to think that a good fitness trainer who is responsible for the weight of the driver might be more important in 2014 than yet another engineer.

    In a time where every gramm counts, Vettel got it right: Remove the balls, they are not needed. It are 1-2 milliseconds in qualifying. Drivers won’t be disturbed by these nasty beauties any longer, more time for the simulator ;)

  32. fox says:

    Leave Raikkonen alone, he knows what he is doing.

    He doesn’t need an engineer, especially Italian:)

  33. Zombie says:

    When did the “re-Italiazation” of Ferrari start ? I guess at the end of 2006. Since then, LdM has let go Schumacher, Todt and Brawn – 3 men responsible for 11 titles that Ferrari won in the 2000s. He also let go Gilles Simon, sent Paolo Martinelli back to the factory, and hired Luca Marmorini to lead the engine development. He then promoted Stefano and has kept him as the team principal despite his glaring shortcomings as a leader. Then tried some band-aid measures by hiring Pat Fry, firing Aldo Costa, hiting Allison. The current day Ferrari reminds me more and more of NY Yankees – too big a brand name, too much money, but very little leadership.

    1. The Spanish Inquisitor says:

      You are right…

      Ferrari has a political party structure. All people is thinking in how to maintain his bottom glued to his official seat. LDM is a mediocre, so he needs mediocres all around. No one that can eclipse him. LDN is like Florentino Perez. Ferrari = Real Madrid. Great teams, stupid leaders.

    2. Valentino from montreal says:

      Hehehe ! Very true Zombie ..

      Brawn wanted to take over the role of team boss after Jean Todt but Montezemelo thought other-wise …

      Back in 2005, Todt wanted to sign Valentino Rossi for the 2007 season partnering Schumacher , but of course Montezemelo was’nt a fan of that idea so he convinced Rossi to forget F1 and Ferrari .. Schumacher saw a lot of potential in Valentino Rossi and was disappointed when he heard the news …

    3. H.Guderian says:

      +1.000.000

  34. nusratolla says:

    …. And Ferrari and Kimi Partnership begins with a mistake…. Must hire Mark Slade for Kimi if they want to truly exploit the true potential of our iceman.

  35. David Hope says:

    I think it would be better if he had his own person there in Ferrari. Let’s face it, if Kimi is fast Alonso will straight off be asking the team to slow him down as he has in the past.

    Kimi needs an engineer he can trust, not a junior Ferrari guy not daring to rock the boat

  36. anon says:

    Too many Italians at Ferrari. They’re dream is for an Italian team principal to win the championship alongside an Italian driver.

    Alas there are no top Italian drivers, so a swarthy southern European who could pass for an Italian will do!

    I believe Lauda blamed it on the “spaghetti culture” a few years back.

  37. Zinobia says:

    It would have been good for Kimi to have Mark Slade he has worked with Kimi for a long time, he knows what Kimi wants and he understand him. I just hope Ferrari isn’t repeating the same mistakes, I hope they atleast listen to Kimi this time.

  38. Manfried says:

    For many years car manufacturers have claimed that they use Formula One as a testing ground for new developments. I think that since we are all now using smaller displacement engines, mostly turbo charged, the new engine rules actually reflect a more realistic approach to see what those small engines can endure, how they perform under extreme conditions and if they do not, how to improve them. I look forward to next year.

  39. Vipin says:

    James,

    Any news about Sebastian’s Red Bull Car will be checked by FIA in coming races(because TC sound was heard only in Vettel’s Car in Singapore GP)

    I heard they are using a Secret method to work their TC system from KERS.

    http://blog.axisofoversteer.com/2013/10/so-how-is-red-bull-running-traction.html

    http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/red-bulls-traction-secret-revealed/

    Will FIA will investigate about this and tell everyone what’s going on?

  40. Fareed says:

    James these comments about the changes in throttle use for 2014 are intriguing. We have often heard that a major part of Vettel’s success is how early he can get on the throttle fully, and also how he takes advantage of the RB9 exhaust effects on rear grip. A concern for the new 2014 engines is the high torque: mainly that drivers will have to be more subtle on exit to avoid power oversteer. Also the new high central exhaust may limit what RBR can do for rear downforce.
    Any thougths that all this could affect Vettel more than any of the other drivers?

  41. Sarvar says:

    VET ‘s already thinking about next year races, wow, Lewis seems 2 be right about VET’s dedication. Only goodness knows what’s in his mind in terms of his F1 goals))

  42. Grant H says:

    +10000000

    Big concerns it wont be competitive i really hope the field is not massively spread out and drivers can push

    So many variables – new aero / new engine / increased torque / new tyres / fuel management / ERS / reliability increase demand….. Bit worried it could end up with no wheel to wheel action

  43. jmv says:

    Kimi and Slade not together a bit sad… but then again Kimi needs an Italian engineer, to bridge the cold finnish culture and warm italian environment… (me stereotypical thinks)

    On the throttle situation for next year. Kimi is said to be very disciplined with managing tyre spinning during his driving due to his good throttle control. sure he can get on top of it.

    But the big question is, is this the end of one of Red Bull biggest assets: fuel thirsty engine maps and off-throttle blowing (or how its called)

  44. anthony says:

    cant believe it, nursing fuel loads now, when are going to be able to watch the top 22 drivers in the world go racing flat out and not for a ‘sunday drive’ ?

  45. Robert says:

    KIMI BABY ! YOU NO WANT ROB SMEDLEY ?

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