SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Renault appoints Bob Bell as team principal
Renault has appointed Bob Bell - the team's technical director - as team principal for the remainder of the 2009 season, following the removal of Flavio Briatore for his role in the Singapore race-fix scandal. Current director of marketing and communications Jean-Francois Caubet will take over the role of managing director.
The team issued the following statement:
"Following the unfortunate recent events, the Renault F1 Team has reacted swiftly by implementing a new temporary management team structure, which will be in place from today until the end of the 2009 season."
"The reorganisation is as follows:"
"Bob Bell, currently Technical Director, takes on the duty of Team Principal and Chief Technical Officer."
"Jean-Francois Caubet, currently Director of Marketing and Communications, takes the role of Managing Director."
"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."