TIMES OF CHANGE: The Manor F1 team has in making a number of back-room changes in its attempt to resurrect its fortunes. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic
LONDON, England - Tail-ender team Manor Marussia has enlisted the services of former Mercedes technical director Bob Bell and hired senior engineers from rival teams Toro Rosso and now-defunct Caterham.
The UK-based team said in a statement that Bell, who also served as team principal for Renault F1 in a long career in the sport that includes a stint with McLaren, will assisting for the 2015 season.
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The statement added: "Bob will be as a technical consultant, applying his considerable experience to supporting and advising Manor's senior management as the team is rebuilt. He will also formulate an ambitious long-term plan."
Luca Furbatto, a former Toro Rosso chief designer, has joined in a similar role; Gianluca Pisanello has been hired as chief engineer from now disbanded Caterham.
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Bell resigned as Mercedes' technical director in December 2013 but formally left the team in 2014.
Ferrari-powered Marussia ended the 2014 season ninth overall after scoring its first points, but went into administration and missed the last three races before returning under new ownership.
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