McLaren poach Red Bull senior boss

Ex-Red Bull appointed McLaren F1 Technical Director, Engineering and Design. The McLaren team continues to recruit from across the paddock to strengthen its technical department with the appointment of former Red Bull employee Rob Marshall as Technical Director.

McLaren has announced the appointment of Rob Marshall as Technical, Engineering and Design boss of its Formula 1 team, joining the Woking-based outfit from January 1, 2024. He will work alongside Peter Prodomou and David Sanchez and report directly to team boss Andrea Stella.


Rob Marshall will be supported by Neil Houldey in the newly created role of Deputy Technical Boss, Engineering and Design, to complete the senior technical structure. Rob Marshall and Neil Houldey will work together to evaluate and establish the ‘highest technical standards required’ to design winning F1 cars’.


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Marshall joins McLaren from Red Bull Racing, where he spent 17 years as Engineering Boss. His appointment is one of the fundamental steps taken by the team to underpin its path to the front of the grid and forms part of the restructuring announced earlier this year.

“I am incredibly pleased that Rob is joining McLaren. With over 25 years in motorsport, Rob comes to us with a wealth of expertise and experience, enhanced by his tenure and track record at Red Bull Racing,” said McLaren Team Boss Andrea Stella.

“Rob’s appointment is one of the fundamental steps and a natural choice to help the team get back to winning ways.”


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“We are a team with the ambition to fight for championships, but over the last two seasons we have not shown a consistent upward trend from an on-track competitiveness point of view.”

“Over the last few months, we have been working to reverse this trend. The approach we have taken is holistic and is based on strengthening the team from a people and skills perspective, as well as the ongoing technology and infrastructure upgrade projects that will soon see the light of day.”

“People and culture are our most important resource. We have recently invested and worked to develop and empower the internal talent available at McLaren, and we are already seeing and measuring the positive impact.”

“At the same time, we are strengthening ourselves by integrating new talent. The roster was already strong and encouraging, and the addition of a high-end, skilled individual like Rob will further consolidate our ability to set the highest technical standards at McLaren and be able to design winning F1 cars.”

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