Mark Webber, Ciaron Pilbeam, Red Bull, Jerez, 2012

Raikkonen and Webber trade race engineers

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Ciaron Pilbeam, Red Bull, Jerez, 2012In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber will be paired with each others’ former race engineers in 2013.

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Webber and Raikkonen swap race engineers (Reuters)

“Red Bull said 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.”

Dr Roberts is new FIA F1 Medical Rescue Coordinator (FIA)

“Dr Ian Roberts has been appointed FIA Formula One Medical Rescue Coordinator and will work within the FIA medical team at Grand Prix during the 2013 F1 season. He will report to Professor Jean-Charles Piette, the FIA?s permanent Medical Delegate to F1.”

I considered quitting F1 – Massa (BBC)

“I thought about so many things. I thought maybe I was finished. I thought about not staying in Ferrari. I did not know what would happen. So many things were inside my brain.”

Di Resta eager to get back in fashion (Autosport)

“It will be quite nice to race Nico [Hulkenberg] without having team orders. He will be the main competitor for us – Sauber and Williams.”

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@A-Safieldin says F1 needs to lead and not just follow in pioneering energy-efficient technologies:

I agree that F1 most be relevant but to be honest they are currently following in the footsteps of the car industry. They may like to claim that KERS is some new innovation which (with the possible exception of the flywheel systems) is most certainly not, it?s essentially a glorified Toyota Prius system.

Turbocharging for fuel efficiency is now common protocol and F1, despite being one of turbo?s pioneers, is following the car industry’s lead. KERS and turbos will not filter down as they already exist. People need to realise this. However there are many other things to try.
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