Bell to be Renault boss for rest of '09
|By Jonathan Noble||Wednesday, September 23rd 2009, 18:01 GMT|
Renault has appointed Bob Bell as its new stand-in team principal in the wake of the departure of Flavio Briatore for his involvement in the Singapore Grand Prix race-fix controversy.
Bell, who was the team's technical director, will take charge in the temporary restructure that will remain in place until the end of the season. He will also be the outfit's chief technical officer.
As part of the reshuffle forced about by the events of recent weeks, Jean-François Caubet, currently director of marketing and communications, will become the team's managing director.
A statement issued by Renault said about Bell and Caubet: "They will both report to Bernard Rey, President of the Renault F1 Team.
"Bob Bell will attend all the remaining races of the season and will be the team's spokesperson on all sporting and technical matters.
"The Renault F1 Team is now ready to concentrate on the future and wishes to stress that no further comments or statements will be issued relating to the events of Singapore 2008."
Bell, who started out in the aviation industry before arriving in Formula 1 with McLaren in 1982, first joined Renault when it was still known as Benetton in 1997.
Following a brief period with Jordan, he returned to the now Renault factory squad as technical director in 2002, overseeing the team's world championship triumphs of 2005 and 2006, and working under engineering director Pat Symonds, who like Briatore departed last week due to the Singapore scandal.