Andrea Stella is delighted to have secured the signing of Rob Marshall from Red Bull due to his vast experience in Formula 1.
This season will be Marshall’s last at the reigning champions, leaving them after 17 years to try and drag McLaren up the grid. He can’t join the team until 2024, when the car for the start of the season will already be designed and built, but his influence could be key for the 2026 regulation changes.
Stella, the McLaren team principal, doesn’t anticipate any immediate additions beyond Marshall at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) but he is thrilled to have the Red Bull man through the door.
“Rob will join the team with a unique level of experience,” Stella told media, including Total-Motorsport.com, on Friday at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“He’s been instrumental in creating such a strong technical department at Red Bull so at the moment we are just very pleased and excited that Rob is keen to join our journey.
“I think the technical structure is well set now and quite strong.”
Changes at MTC
MTC itself is going under a change as the composite team and facilities are now being relocated back to the old McLaren factory, which has been re-purposed for modern F1.
The area now vacated by the composite team is likely to be a place for heritage cars of which McLaren has many lining their main boulevard.
“The old McLaren factory has been re-purposed to become the new McLaren Racing composite facility,” Stella added.
“This actually is not fully completed, it will be in a couple of months and it’s a remarkable project.”