Over the past two and a half seasons, Bob Bell has helped take Renault from the back of the midfield to the very front of it. But with the team now nailed-on as regular F1 points scorers, Renault have announced that Bell will move to a more strategic role within the squad as the team’s Racing Technical Advisor.
Bell, who’s been Renault’s Chief Technical Officer since the team’s return to F1 in 2016, is currently in his 37th season of Formula 1, having begun his career working in McLaren’s aerodynamics department in 1982. It’s also his third spell at Enstone, having joined Benetton first in 1997, and again in 2001 after a brief stint with Jordan. Bell came on board with Renault’s F1 return project after working as Mercedes’ Technical Director between 2011 and 2013, and then as a technical consultant for Manor Marussia in 2015.
A chief part of Bell’s new role, which he will fulfil on a part-time basis, will involve developing technical collaborations between the Renault team and other third parties, as well as maintaining several aspects of his current job, as Renault seek to become F1 frontrunners once more. Renault confirmed that Bell will not be replaced as Chief Technical Officer, with the team now establishing an alternative technical structure.