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Spagnolo confirmed as Raikkonen’s new race engineer

Dec 17, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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Ferrari has announced that Antonio Spagnolo will serve as the race engineer for incoming former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen next year. Prior to his promotion, Spagnolo has worked as a chassis engineer on the car of Fernando Alonso.

The team confirmed the news as part of a release detailing Raikkonen’s visit to Maranello this afternoon.

About the visit, Ferrari stated: “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 who, in a few weeks time, will once again be his team.”

Raikkonen’s last race engineer at Ferrari, Andrea Stella, is still around but now works with Alonso in that same capacity. In 2007, the Finnish driver won the World Championship while guided by Chris Dyer, who left F1 a few years ago.

With today’s news, that means Scuderia stalwart Rob Smedley is set to find a new home in 2014. He served as the long-time engineer for Felipe Massa, and with the Brazilian driver now at Williams, Smedley could be on his way to re-uniting with him following the departure of Xevi Pujolar from Williams last month.

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