Bob Bell to leave MercedesUPDATE The big question is where Bob will turn up next…
Bell (56) is a doctor of aeronautical engineering, who started in racing in 1982 at McLaren where he worked as an aerodynamicist until 1988 when he became head of research and development, later moving on to other projects, notably the McLaren land speed record car MAVerick.
In 1997 he moved to Benetton (now known as Lotus F1) at Enstone. After a couple of years he went to Jordan as head of vehicle technology before returning to Enstone (by then Renault F1) in 2001 as Deputy Technical Director and he became Technical Director in 2003. He was the team’s technical leader for the World Championships of 2005 and 2006. After the Singapore Scandal Bell became acting team principal and then Managing Director for the Renault team until he departed for Mercedes in 2010.
Given his long experience and connections one can see a number of possible moves: Alonso would no doubt be keen to have him at Ferrari, the folks at Lotus would do well to take him on to rebuild what was “his” team for a while. McLaren might convince him to return to his first F1 team with more power, and a team such as Williams might also like to have him onboard as it rebuilds.
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