The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team has today announced the departure of Mike Gascoyne.

He has been succeeded as technical director with immediate effect by Bob Bell, previously deputy technical director at Renault F1 Team UK. Bell holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering, and joined Renault in 2001.

As deputy technical director, he was primarily responsible for co-ordinating the design and development programmes at Enstone, and worked alongside Gascoyne on all technical matters.

Mild Seven Renault F1 Team managing director Flavio Briatore commented: "We thank Mike for his excellent work, his contribution to our success so far and wish him well for the future.

"We are delighted to offer Bob Bell the role of technical director. The entire technical team has done an outstanding job developing our car over the past two years, and we have made impressive progress.

"Our programme has been built up carefully, putting the right people in place, and I have every confidence that Bob's technical experience and managerial skills will be a major asset for the future.

"We are looking forward to 2004 and beyond. The technical structures in Enstone and Viry-Ch?tillon are strong, and we possess an excellent driver line-up. Things are in place for us to step up to even bigger challenges, and fight consistently with the other top teams."

Gascoyne has left to join Toyota [see separate story].



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