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Bob Bell joins Mercedes GP as technical director

Mercedes GP have announced that ex-Renault technical director and team principal Bob Bell will becomes the team's technical director to work alongside Ross Brawn and further strengthen the team's engineering expertise. Bell starts in his role from the 1st April. Reporting to Team Principal Ross Brawn, Bell's role will primarily be based at the team's factory in Brackley with overall responsibility for the technical operations of the chassis group. Bob's appointment will allow Ross Brawn greater freedom to oversee the full programme between the team's chassis group in Brackley and the engine group at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines in Brixworth. Bell, who began his career in motorsport as an aerodynamicist almost 30 years ago, said: "I am both delighted and honored to be joining the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team as Technical Director. It will be a privilege to be a part of such a strong and determined organisation, and to be able to contribute to furthering the enviable heritage of Mercedes-Benz in motorsport." Ross Brawn added: "We are delighted to welcome Bob to the Mercedes GP Petronas team in the position of Technical Director. Bob's appointment is a key step in the strengthening of our excellent technical team and we are pleased to have recruited one of the most experienced engineers in the sport. Bob will be an important asset to our team, bringing with him a wealth of Formula One knowledge and championship-winning experience, and we look forward to welcoming him at the start of April." Meanwhile, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Norbert Haug, said: "Mercedes-Benz is fully committed to providing our Formula One team with the personnel and resources to compete at the forefront of the sport. Bob's track record speaks for itself and I know he will be a valuable addition to our team as Technical Director. He shares our passion for competition and our vision for establishing long-term success with Mercedes GP Petronas."

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