Bob Bell appointed as Renault team principal

Renault technical director Bob Bell will take on the role of team principal for the remaining four races of the season, Renault confirmed in the wake of the crash-gate scandal and the resignation of Flavio Briatore.

The French team confirmed in a 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.”

“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.”