It has been announced today that former Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 technical director Bob Bell has joined Manor F1 as a consultant, bolstering the team’s technical department.
The Manor F1 team today announced their new appointments as part of its ‘long term strategy’. The team has welcomed Luca Furbatto in the role of Head of Design while Gianluca Pisanello, joining from Caterham, is the new Chief Engineer.
Added to that Bell, the former technical director of the Mercedes F1 and team principal of Renault F1 team, was signed on as a technical consultant. In an interview with the media today, Team Principal John Booth has stated the following about their new personnel as follows:-
‘We’re delighted to welcome Bob, Luca, and Gianluca to the team. 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 optimise 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.’
It is clear for all to see that Booth is delighted with the three new members of staff that have joined the team that will certainly help them move the team forward in the future. As Booth rightly says, this season has to be a building year for the Manor team in order to get the right personnel in the right roles, working together as a team and also laying the foundations for the their future.
As Booth points out, all three bring experience and expertise to the team which will help them during this transitional period and also in latter seasons to go. And this is a big boost for the team that only exited administration at the start of the season and it would seem that things are going in the right direction for them and I wish all three of the guys best of luck in their new roles with the Manor F1 team.