Bob Bell (motorsport)

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Bob Bell
Born (1958-04-10) April 10, 1958 (age 62)
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Alma mater Queen's University
Years active 1982–present
Employer Manor Marussia F1
Known for Formula One aerodynamicist

Robert Charles "Bob" Bell (born 10 April 1958 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is the former technical director of the Mercedes Formula One team.

Bell attended Queen's University in Belfast gaining a doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering.[1] before joining McLaren in 1982 and worked as the company aerodynamicist until 1988, when he was promoted to Head of Research and Development for the next two years.[2] In 1997, Bell moved to the Benetton Formula team, working there with Nick Wirth.[3]

He worked as the Senior Aerodynamicist at Benetton until 1999, when he went to the Jordan Grand Prix team joining them as the Head of Vehicle Technology, after being invited by his former McLaren colleague Mike Gascoyne. Both left Jordan for Renault F1 and in 2001, Bell was appointed the Deputy Technical Director at the Enstone team,[4] becoming the Technical Director in 2003 when Mike Gascoyne departed to join the Toyota F1 team.[5][6]

Bell was Renault F1's Technical Director during the hugely successful 2005 and 2006 seasons, in which his R25 and R26 won both the Drivers' and the Constructor's championships. The next two seasons saw very few good results, and his projects dropped in the Constructor's championship to fourth place in 2007 and 2008.

After the resignations of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds in relation to the Renault Formula One crash controversy, Bell was appointed acting team principal for the rest of 2009, on September 23, 2009.[7] For the 2010 season, Bell held the position of Managing Director for the Renault team until leaving the team on October 6, 2010.[8] On 18 February 2011, Bell was appointed as the new technical director of Mercedes GP, effective of 1 April 2011. On 14 April 2014, Mercedes announced that Bell had resigned his position in December 2013 and would be leaving the team in November 2014.[9]

Prior to the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix, Manor Marussia announced the recruitment of Bell as technical consultant.[10]


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  10. Parkes, Ian (1 June 2015). "Manor F1 team recruits ex-Mercedes technical director Bob Bell". Autosport. Retrieved 5 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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