Source: mtv3.f1 | Translation courtesy of OSX
Kimi is happy to have managed to get Mark Slade as his race engineer at Lotus. Raikkonen and Slade already worked together at McLaren.
“I wanted him. There was of course many things that had to be sorted out so that could happen. I’m glad he managed to get away. I have a good race engineer now as well but I wanted Mark because I know him and he knows what I want.”
Slade also knows the Lotus team after having worked in the team formerly known as Renault during the 2010 season.
“He has worked here before so it will probably to be easier to start with him in a new team since he already has knowledge about it.”
Kimi Raikkonen’s new race engineer will be Mark Slade.
Slade worked for Raikkonen at McLaren for five years. British Slade is otherwise accustomed to working with the Finns, for he also served as Mika Häkkinen and Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren race engineer.
Slade moves to Lotus from the Mercedes garage, where he worked last year with Michael Schumacher.