Bob Bell takes senior technical role at Aston Martin F1 after leaving Alpine

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Aston Martin has made a move to strengthen its Formula 1 team by appointing Bob Bell, a seasoned Formula 1 veteran, in a high-ranking technical position.

Bell, who recently parted ways with Alpine, will assume the role of Executive Director – Technical at the Silverstone-based team. In this capacity, Bell will lead the technical, engineering, and performance divisions, reporting directly to team principal Mike Krack.

This appointment is a strategic enhancement for Aston Martin’s technical department, which is under the direction of Technical Director Dan Fallows. The team is determined to consistently challenge top competitors such as Ferrari, building on the progress made in the 2023 season.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new role, Bell remarked,

“I have been impressed by the progress Aston Martin has made in recent years. The opportunity to play my part in that journey is incredibly exciting, and I look forward to working with the great technical leaders at Silverstone.

“The scale and ambition of this project is highly motivating. I am a racer, and I see the hunger and determination powering this team. I look forward to playing my part with Mike and the rest of the team.”

Mike Krack, Aston Martin’s Team Principal, shared his delight over Bell’s joining, saying “I am delighted to welcome Bob Bell to Aston Martin.”

“This is a key appointment to ensure we are optimising everything we do as a team and focusing on the right performance areas. Bob’s track record in the sport speaks for itself, and his experience will help us continue to make steps forward on the exciting journey we are on.”

Bob Bell’s career in Formula 1 spans over four decades, beginning with McLaren as an aerodynamicist. The Belfast native notably contributed to the Enstone team’s success, formerly known as Benetton and later Renault, where he served as technical director during the team’s championship victories with Fernando Alonso. Bell’s experience also includes time with Mercedes and Marussia, before rejoining Renault (later Alpine) in 2016 in an advisory capacity.

The announcement of Bell’s departure from Alpine, alongside the resignations of Technical Director Matt Harman and Chief of Aerodynamics Dirk de Beer, marks a significant change within the team’s technical ranks. However, his move to Aston Martin is not believed to be related to Alpine’s ongoing technical department reshuffle. Bell’s wealth of experience and leadership is expected to play a crucial role in Aston Martin’s ambitious pursuit of success.