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2013-01-18 10:42

TRADING PLACES: Red Bull's Ciaron Pilbeam (left) and Simon Rennie (right) of Lotus are due to swop teams as for the 2013 Formula 1 season.

LONDON, England - Red Bull's Mark Webber and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen will be working with new Formula 1 race engineers in 2013 after their previous engineers swapped teams.

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.

Rennie was previously a race engineer with Fernando Alonso at Renault, the team that is now Lotus, and worked with injured driver Robert Kubica.


In 2012, Rennie was famously rebuffed by 2007 champion Raikkonen, who told him over the radio that he knew what he was doing and to leave him alone while on his way to winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lotus later gave all their employees T-shirts with "Just leave me alone, I know what I'm doing" written on them.

Drivers spend much of their Grand Prix weekends with their race engineers, working together on the set up of the car and strategy.


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