Solely two months in the past, when McLaren introduced a restructuring primarily based on three technical administrators, that job was given to Neil Houldey.
After it turned obvious that Marshall may be a part of the staff, Houldey agreed to step apart and turn into his deputy.
“Neil has at all times been a part of the method,” mentioned Stella when requested by Autosport in regards to the change of plan. “He is been within the dialog, he has truly performed as a staff participant on this course of.
“And once we advised Neil that we had this chance, which was fairly unmissable, we elaborated collectively the answer.
“There’s a lot to do when it comes to engineering and design to create the precise requirements to design the quickest automobile in F1 that really, we thought this can be a very highly effective mixture with Rob, the extra of the technical authority, and Neil working extra of the day-to-day actions inside the division.
“So undoubtedly Neil was within the course of, a really constructive course of.”
Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, 2nd place, Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing, 1st place, the Crimson Bull trophy delegate and Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Group, third place, on the rostrum
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Increasing on what Marshall will deliver to McLaren, Stella mentioned: “Rob will be a part of the staff with a singular stage of expertise and know-how when it comes to engineering and design of F1 automobiles.
“He has additionally been instrumental in creating such a robust technical division at Crimson Bull.
“So in the intervening time, we’re simply very happy and excited that Rob is eager to affix our journey to take McLaren to the entrance of the grid.”
When McLaren introduced Marshall’s signing, Crimson Bull issued its personal assertion, which acknowledged his contribution and wished him properly, indicating that his departure is just not accompanied by the type of animosity that typically happens when a key participant leaves a prime staff.
Stella prompt that tone was a mirrored image of the respect wherein Marshall is held within the Milton Keynes camp after some 17 years with the staff.
“Actually Rob was very eager to affix McLaren,” mentioned Stella. “He understood completely our journey, our ambition.
“I believe he understood that he could possibly be a basic participant in attempting to make one thing necessary like bringing McLaren to victory. So robust motivation from his facet.
“I believe at Crimson Bull they know very properly the position that Rob performed over time. And I believe this invokes respect for folks. And if I put what I may decide from outdoors I noticed this stage of respect from Crimson Bull to Rob, which observing, was good to see.
“After which when it got here to the press launch that was clearly agreed between the groups. That is why it was coordinated.”