Boullier to replace Bell as Renault managing director 06 Oct 2010
Renault announced on Wednesday that team principal Eric Boullier will take over the role of managing director with immediate effect, following the departure of Bob Bell. Boullier has been team principal since January and will add his new managerial role at the French team to his existing one.
We would like to thank Bob Bell for his contribution to the performance of the team and for helping see us through a period of transition since Genii Capital became a shareholder in the Renault F1 Team, explained Gerard Lopez, chairman of the Renault Formula One team.
Bell joined Renault in 2001 as deputy technical director, before being promoted to technical director two years later. He played a pivotal role in helping the team win two world championships in 2005 and 2006. Late last season Bell temporarily took over as Renault team principal following the departure of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds. In January 2010, he became managing director.
"We are entrusting the post of managing director to Eric Boullier and we have every confidence that, under his leadership, we will achieve our racing objectives," added Lopez. "Throughout the 2010 season, we have been assessing what is required to continue improving our level of competitiveness and we believe we are well positioned for the challenges ahead.
Boullier started his motorsport career as an engineer before he made the move into management. He joined Team DAMS as their managing director in 2003 and oversaw their racing operations in various categories including GP2. He also acted as team principal for Team France in the A1GP Series between 2007 and 2009.
Since the beginning of the season, the Renault F1 Team has demonstrated its ability to react to a need for change, said Boullier. The results of the tremendous efforts made have been immediately apparent on the race track. Today, we have a competitive car and an incredibly motivated team. I am proud of the trust being placed in me to continue this good work, and I will make every effort to ensure the Renault F1 Team returns to the front of the grid as soon as possible.
Renault are currently fifth in the 2010 constructors' standings, with 133 world championship points.
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