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Bob Bell joins Manor as technical consultant

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Former Mercedes technical director Bob Bell has joined backmarkers Manor as a consultant for the remainder of the 2015 season as the team aims to strengthen its engineering team.

Manor has been in a process of rebuilding since it exited administration earlier this year backed by new investment from Ovo Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick. It is currently using a modified version of its 2014 car, but hopes to race a 2015 chassis as soon as possible as it targets a long-term future in F1.

Alongside Bell's new consultancy role, Manor announced the addition ex-Toro Rosso chief designer Luca Furbatto as head of design and ex-Caterham engineer Gianluca Pisanello as chief engineer.

"We're delighted to welcome Bob, Luca, and Gianluca to the team," team principal John Booth said. "It's been a dramatic but rewarding start to our 2015 season, and we're only now able to settle into more of a rhythm, allowing us to look to the future. Our focus this season is to re-build the foundations of the team and develop our internal capabilities.

"As ever in Formula One, we rely on the experience, tenacity and drive of our colleagues, so we're delighted to welcome our new team-mates. Each of them brings a huge amount of experience from within the sport, adding further dimensions to our existing technical and engineering capability.

"Whilst we seek to optimise our performance during the remainder of the 2015 season, we can also turn our attention to the next exciting chapter in our story - 2016 and beyond."