Former Mercedes technical director and Renault team principal Bob Bell is assisting Manor F1 in the role of technical consultant, the team has announced.
The team says that the vastly experienced Bell “will act as a technical consultant, applying his considerable industry experience supporting and advising Manor’s senior management as they rebuild the team and formulate an ambitious long term plan.”
Bell’s former Renault colleague Pat Symonds previously undertook a similar role with the then Marussia team before using it as a springboard to return to a frontrunning team in Williams. Like new Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick Bell hails from Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile former Toro Rosso chief designer Luca Furbatto has joined as Head of Design, while ex-Caterham and Toyota man Gianluca Pisanello has been confirmed in the role of Chief Engineer.
“It’s been a dramatic but rewarding start to our 2015 season,” said team boss John Booth. “And we’re only now able to settle into more of a rhythm, allowing us to look to the future. Our focus this season is to re-build the foundations of the team and develop our internal capabilities. As ever in Formula One, we rely on the experience, tenacity and drive of our colleagues, so we’re delighted to welcome our new teammates.
“Each of them brings a huge amount of experience from within the sport, adding further dimensions to our existing technical and engineering capability. Whilst we seek to optimise our performance during the remainder of the 2015 season, we can also turn our attention to the next exciting chapter in our story – 2016 and beyond.”