The former technical director was promoted to the role of the team’s managing director in the wake of Flavio Briatore being ousted and sanctioned from further activity due to his involvement in the ‘Crashgate’ scandal of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
Bell, from Northern Ireland, joined F1 as a McLaren aerodynamicist in the 1980s before joining Benetton in 1997. He later moved to Jordan in 1999, and then returned to Benetton – now operating under the Renault moniker – in 2001 as the team’s deputy technical director. He was promoted to the role of technical director when Mike Gascoyne left the team to join Toyota at the end of the 2003 season.
We would like to thank Bob Bell for his contribution to the performance of the team and for helping see us through a period of transition since Genii Capital became a shareholder in the team,” a team statement reads.
No word yet on Bell’s future career moves.