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bob bell joins aston martin

Renault F1 veteran Bell reunited with Alonso at Aston Martin

bob bell joins aston martin

Veteran Formula 1 engineer Bob Bell has been appointed Aston Martin Technical Executive Director, the British team announced the news ahead of this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The team, whose drivers are Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, confirmed Bell’s appoinment today in a statement: “Bob will report to Team Principal, Mike Krack, in a new role which further strengthens the senior leadership group at the Silverstone-based team.

“He will have overall responsibility for the Technical, Engineering and Performance functions as the team continues its journey and development into true F1 contenders.

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“Bob brings a wealth of Formula 1 experience to Aston Martin. He has held senior technical positions at McLaren, Renault and Mercedes GP in an illustrious motorsport career over the last four decades.

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack said: “I am delighted to welcome Bob Bell to Aston Martin Aramco. This is a key appointment to ensure we are optimising everything we do as a team and focusing on the right performance areas.

“Bob’s track record in the sport speaks for itself and his experience will help us continue to make steps forward on the exciting journey we are on,” concluded Krack.

F1 World Champions of 2005 and 2006, Bell reunited with Alonso at Aston Martin

Renaul veteran Bell reunited with Alonso at Aston Martin

“I have been impressed by the progress Aston Martin Aramco has made in recent years,” Bell says in the press release. “The opportunity to play my part in that journey is incredibly exciting and I look forward to working with the great technical leaders at Silverstone.

“The scale and ambition of this project is highly motivating. I am a racer, and I see the hunger and determination powering this team. I look forward to playing my part with Mike and the rest of the team,” added Bell.

The 65-year-old Briton began his F1 career with McLaren in 1982. In 1997 he moved to Benetton until 1999 when he joined Jordan. In 2001, he joined Renault and was their technical director during their 2005 and 2006 heyday, when Alonso won two F1 titles for the French team.

After the Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds Singapore Grand Prix Crashgate scandal, Bell remained with the team until 2011 when he joined Mercedes as technical director. He resigned at the end of the 2014 F1 season.

Thereafter followed relatively brief spells with Marussia (2015) and a return to Renault as technical boss from 2016 to 2018, before stepping down. He remained a part-time consultant to the team until Aston Martin came knocking.