Following a 17-year tenure at Red Bull Racing as chief engineering officer, Rob Marshall will join McLaren Racing as technical director of engineering and design for the McLaren Formula 1 team, effective January 1, 2024.
In his new role, Marshall will join Peter Prodromou and David Sanchez on the F1 Technical Executive team, reporting directly to Andrea Stella, the team principal of McLaren F1. Neil Houldey will provide support to Marshall in the newly created role of deputy technical director, engineering and design, with the duo working together to assess and establish the highest technical standards in order to design a competitive F1 car.
“I am incredibly pleased that Rob will be joining McLaren,” said Stella. “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 toward 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.
“In parallel, we have been strengthening our roster by bringing new talents on board. The list was already strong and encouraging, and the addition of a high-end and skilled individual like Rob will further consolidate our ability to establish the highest technical standards at McLaren and be in condition to design winning F1 cars. We look forward to welcoming Rob in the near future.”