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McLaren poaches Red Bull Racing’s key engineer

31 May 2023

McLaren Racing has poached Red Bull Racing’s, Chief Engineering Officer, Rob Marshall to join its team in the newly created role as Technical Director, Engineering & Design.

Marshall will join McLaren on 1 January 2024 and sit within the F1 Technical Executive team, alongside Peter Prodromou and David Sanchez, reporting directly into Team Principal Andrea Stella.

In the newly created role, Marshall will be supported by Neil Houldey to complete the senior technical structure. They will collaborate to assess and establish the highest technical standards, required to design winning F1 cars.

Marshall joins McLaren after 17 years with Red Bull Racing, most notably as Chief Engineering Officer. His appointment is one of the fundamental steps taken by the team to underpin their journey towards the front of the grid.

Andrea Stella, Team Principal, McLaren F1, 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.

“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.”

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