Renault veteran Bob Bell is to join Mercedes GP as technical director from April 1, the team announced this morning.
Bell took over more of an administrative role at Renault after the departure of Flavio Briatore, serving as team principal at one stage. He left the team last year, and has been below the radar ever since.
Mercedes says that his role “will primarily be based at the team’s factory in Brackley with overall responsibility for the technical operations of the chassis group. Bob’s appointment will allow Ross Brawn greater freedom to oversee the full programme between the team’s chassis group in Brackley and the engine group at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines in Brixworth.”
Team principal Brawn said: “Bob’s appointment is a key step in the strengthening of our excellent technical team and we are pleased to have recruited one of the most experienced engineers in the sport. Bob will be an important asset to our team, bringing with him a wealth of Formula One knowledge and championship-winning experience, and we look forward to welcoming him at the start of April.”
Bell added: “It will be a privilege to be a part of such a strong and determined organisation.”
Bell started his career with McLaren in 1982, and had spells at Benetton and Jordan before making his name with Renault, where he was a key part of the 2005 and 2006 title campaigns.