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Renault announce Bell as Technical Director 15 Oct 2003

The Renault team today (Wednesday) confirmed the departure of Technical Director Mike Gascoyne for Toyota and announced Bob Bell, previously Deputy Technical Director with the team, as his successor.

"We thank Mike for his excellent work, his contribution to our success so far and wish him well for the future," said the Renault team's Managing Director Flavio Briatore.

"We are delighted to offer Bob Bell the role of Technical Director. The entire technical team has done an outstanding job developing our car over the past two years, and we have made impressive progress. Our programme has been built up carefully, putting the right people in place, and I have every confidence that Bob's technical experience and managerial skills will be a major asset for the future.

"We are looking forward to 2004 and beyond. The technical structures in Enstone and Viry-Chatillon are strong, and we possess an excellent driver line-up. Things are in place for us to step up to even bigger challenges, and fight consistently with the other top teams."

Bell, 45, holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering, and joined Renault in 2001. As Deputy Technical Director, he was primarily responsible for co-ordinating the design and development programmes at Enstone, and worked alongside Gascoyne on all technical matters.

See also: Toyota confirm Gascoyne appointment