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McLaren Bolsters Technical Team with Acquisition of Rob Marshall as Technical Director

Marshall previously spent 17 years with Red Bull as chief engineering officer

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
I am 21 years old and an avid Motorsports enthusiast.

UNITED KINGDOM: McLaren, the renowned Formula 1 team, has made a significant addition to its technical team by securing the services of Rob Marshall, who will join the team as the technical director of engineering and design starting in January 2024.

This strategic move aims to strengthen McLaren’s pursuit of returning to its winning ways in highly competitive motorsport.

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Marshall brings a wealth of expertise and experience to McLaren, with over 25 years of working in motorsport, including a notable tenure at Red Bull Racing. 

Having spent 17 years with Red Bull, he served as the chief engineering officer and played a crucial role in the team’s success, contributing to four championship doubles between 2010 and 2013.

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In his new role at McLaren, Marshall will work alongside Peter Prodromou and David Sanchez, two seasoned professionals in the field, while reporting directly to team principal Andrea Stella. 

This collaboration of technical minds aims to fortify McLaren’s senior technical structure and create a winning formula for future success.

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Stella expressed his delight at Marshall’s acquisition, emphasizing his vast experience and track record at Red Bull Racing. Stella views Marshall’s appointment as a crucial step towards propelling McLaren back to the forefront of the sport. 

Marshall’s proven track record and innovative mindset will contribute significantly to McLaren’s quest for championship points.

Marshall’s Formula 1 journey began in 1994, when he joined Benetton as a race engineer. He later continued his career with Renault, becoming the head of mechanical design and playing a pivotal role in the team’s first Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles in 2005. 

In 2006, he joined the newly-formed Red Bull team as chief designer and eventually became its chief engineering officer in 2016.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner commended Marshall for his exceptional contributions to the team over the past 17 years and wished him the best in his new role at McLaren. 

Marshall’s departure marks the end of an era for Red Bull, as they bid farewell to a key figure who played an instrumental role in their success.

McLaren’s technical restructuring began earlier in the 2023 season when they announced a shake-up of their technical group. 

Former technical director James Key departed, and the management established a committee comprised of three separate divisions. 

Peter Prodromou assumed the role of technical director for aerodynamics, while David Sanchez, previously with Ferrari, took on the post of technical director for car concept and performance.

With the addition of Rob Marshall and the reshaping of their technical team, McLaren aims to reverse their recent on-track competitiveness trends. 

The team recognizes the importance of strengthening its roster with exceptional talents and fostering a winning culture to achieve its goal of fighting for championships. 

By combining internal development and external acquisitions, McLaren aspires to establish the highest technical standards and design a winning Formula 1 car.

As January 2024 approaches, the McLaren team eagerly awaits the arrival of Rob Marshall, confident that his expertise and experience will play a pivotal role in shaping their future success in the world of Formula 1.

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