Manor signs Bell as technical consultant

Manor's hopes of making progress in Formula 1 this year have been boosted, with the team securing assistance from former Mercedes technical director Bob Bell.

As part of a ramp-up of engineering staff, Manor announced on Monday that Bell will be acting as a technical consultant to help guide the team's long term plans.

Bell, who was previously a technical director and team principal at Renault, left Mercedes at the end of last year and has most recently being doing consultancy work for Renault as it considers its F1 future.

As well as Bell's involvement, Manor has announced that Luca Furbatto is joining it as head of design from Toro Rosso, while Gianluca Pisanello will be head of engineering.

Manor team principal John Booth said: "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 1, 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."


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