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Manor F1 adds Bell, other key additions

The Manor Marussia F1 Team added considerable depth to its technical and engineering departments.

Bob Bell, former technical director for the Mercedes F1 team, has joined the Silverstone-based outfit as a technical consultant. Bell, a former team principal with the Renault F1 team, has had various other engineering roles at Benetton, Jordan and McLaren.

Bell brings a wealth of experience, along with two constructors championships and will advise the team’s senior management in their quest to rebuild into a stronger team.

With Technical Director John McQuilliam leading the way, the Manor Marussia F1 Team also adds former Scuderia Toro Rosso Chief Designer Luca Furbatto as Head of Design.

The team added Gianluca Pisanello, who will take on the role of Chief Engineer. Pisanello had previously been held the role of Head of Engineering Operations for the Caterham F1 Team and also held other engineering positions within the team.

No one was perhaps more excited about the quality of depth Manor Marussia added than Team Principal John Booth.

“We’re delighted to welcome Bob, Luca, and Gianluca to the team,” said Booth. “It’s been a dramatic but rewarding start to our 2015 season, and we’re only now able to settle into more of a rhythm, allowing us to look to the future. Our focus this season is to re-build the foundations of the team and develop our internal capabilities.

“As ever in Formula One, we rely on the experience, tenacity and drive of our colleagues, so we’re delighted to welcome our new teammates. Each of them brings a huge amount of experience from within the sport, adding further dimensions to our existing technical and engineering capability. Whilst we seek to optimize our performance during the remainder of the 2015 season, we can also turn our attention to the next exciting chapter in our story – 2016 and beyond.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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