Spanner in the works! F1 ace gets a new engineer

Mark Webber has a new engineer
Mark Webber has a new engineer

Mark Webber will have a new race engineer for the 2013 season after a swap between Lotus and Red Bull.

Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer from 2012 Simon Rennie moves from Lotus to Red Bull and will work with Webber next season, while the Aston Clinton man’s engineer Ciaron Pilbeam moves in the opposite direction to become chief race engineer at Lotus.

Webber and Pilbeam had worked together since 2007 at Red Bull, with Pilbeam having worked for BAR prior to joining the team in 2006.

Red Bull confirmed this week that Rennie had been brought in to replace the outgoing Pilbeam.

“We can confirm that Ciaron Pilbeam has left the team to take up a new position with Lotus,” a Red Bull spokeswoman told ESPN.

“We’re pleased to welcome Simon Rennie to Red Bull Racing who will be Mark Webber’s race engineer.”

The new season starts in Australia on March 17.