McLaren F1 team poaches Rob Marshall from Red Bull

Marshall starts as technical director, engineering and design, from 1st January 2024.

The McLaren Formula One team has announced the appointment of Rob Marshall as technical director of engineering and design.


  • Marshall will start in the role from 1st January 2024
  • Working alongside Peter Prodromou and David Sanchez in the technical executive team, he will report directly to team principal Andrea Stella
  • Neil Houldey will support Marshall in the new role of deputy technical director, engineering and design

Context: With more than 25 years of experience in motorsport, including 17 years at Red Bull Racing, where he served as chief engineering officer, Marshall brings a wealth of expertise to his new role. His appointment is one of the key steps McLaren is taking to bolster their technical prowess and climb up the grid.

Comment: Andrea Stella, team principal of the McLaren Formula One team, said: “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 towards 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..”

Coming next: As Marshall steps into his role, McLaren's focus will be on strengthening the team's technical standards and designing winning Formula One cars. Securing someone like Marshall from the sport's dominant force highlights the team’s desire to return to the top.

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