Webber: Race engineer Pilbeam “will be missed”

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Mark Webber says he will miss long-standing race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam who has moved to work with Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus in 2013.

“A lot of the results I’ve had have been with Ciaron,” says Webber in the video below. “All of the wins he’s had in Formula One have been with me as well so we’ve had some really good times together.”

“He chose to move to a different team so he’ll be missed, obviously, at Red Bull, but we have a great engineer in Simon Rennie who’s coming from Lotus, Enstone.”

“This is part of Formula One,” he added. “Unfortunately there is sometimes some changes but it moves in a way where everyone is still positive to work with, a fresh start and a new environment. Ciaron is happy to have a change of scenery as well, so he’s happy there because you don’t want him not to be happy where he is.”

Webber and Pilbeam – highs and lows

Highs:

  • Monaco 2010 and 2012 – Two wins in F1’s most prestigious race
  • Silverstone 2010 – Webber shrugs off pre-race wing controversy to win. “Not bad for a number two driver” he says on the radio afterwards
  • China 2011 – A disastrous qualifying leaves Webber 18th on the grid, but he races through the field to finish third

Lows:

  • Japan 2007 – An unwell Webber bravely races on despite throwing up in his helmet while talking to Pilbeam. But he is taken out by future team mate Sebastian Vettel while running second
  • Korea 2010 – Webber’s title hopes are wrecked when he crashes out in foul weather
  • Britain 2011 – Team principal Christian Horner takes over from Pilbeam on Webber’s radio, ordering him to “maintain the gap” to Vettel. Webber does not comply, but finishes the race behind his team mate

Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

Photo: IndyCar

Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018