Marshall to undertake a new role at McLaren

As he bids Red Bull farewell

Rob Marshall is a British Formula One engineer. He had a leading role in the Red Bull Racing team since 2006, and the McLaren F1 team has approached him to join their team as a senior technical since the first of January 2024. This is following the team's heavily transformed technical division. Marshall is set to leave Red Bull at the end of the 2023 season, although he has taken the decision to step back from his current role with immediate effect. 

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The British engineer served as chief designer at Red Bull throughout its 2010-2013 championship-winning pomp. Right after that, he took on the role of chief engineering officer, which was a specially created position.

On commenting about this addition to the family, Andrea Stella, the McLaren team principal said, "I am incredibly pleased that Rob will be joining McLaren. With over 25 years working in motorsport, Rob comes to us with a wealth of expertise and experience, elevated by his tenure and track record at Red Bull Racing. Rob's appointment is one of the fundamental steps and a natural fit to aid the team's journey to get back to our winning ways."

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Andrea replaced Andreas Seidl, who left to be the Chief Executive Officer of Sauber Motorsport and has since made significant changes to the leadership structure at McLaren. He has appointed Gil de Ferran as a non-executive advisor and removed James Key from the executive technical director position. As also part of the revised management concept, David Sanchez was also recruited. Sanchez was the Chief Engineer, Vehicle Concept at the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team. 

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Stella carried on, “We are a team with the ambition of fighting for championships, but over the last couple of seasons we have not shown a steady upward trend from an on-track competitiveness point of view. Over the last few months, we have worked towards inverting this trend. The approach we have adopted is comprehensive and is based on strengthening the Team from a people and expertise point of view, along with the ongoing projects to upgrade technology and infrastructure that will shortly come to fruition.”

Neil Houldey will occupy the newly created position of Technical Director, Engineering and Design. 

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In bidding Marshall farewell, Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal said, “We would like to thank Rob for everything he has done for the team over the past 17 years. His work on the generation of cars that gave us four incredible championship doubles between 2010 and 2013 was truly outstanding. In the years since he has continued to be a key figure in the team and in 2016 took on the broader role of Chief Engineering Officer which has seen him involved in other projects across the business. His influence will be missed but once again we thank him for all he has done and wish him the very best in his new role.”

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