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.
Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is set to unveil a new logo for the series on Sunday following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
F1 has used its current logo – a black F with a white 1 that is often missed due to the red swoosh on the right-hand side – since 1993, as introduced by former ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone’s tenure as CEO of F1 came to an end in January when Liberty completed its $8 billion takeover of the series, with American executive Chase Carey being installed as the new CEO and chairman.
Liberty has made a number of changes to F1 since taking over, including a relaxing of social media guidelines for teams in the paddock and a push into new realms such as eSports, and the logo is due to be the next switch.
F1 lodged three possible new logos with the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office last week, with the selected design set to be unveiled on Sunday. It is unclear if it will be any of the three below.
The change in logo marks the end for yet another era in F1 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with a number of important periods also coming to a close at the checkered flag.