Rob Marshall, the Chief Engineering Officer at Red Bull, will join Formula One rival McLaren at the end of the current season, both teams confirmed on Tuesday. When Marshall starts on January 1, 2024 at McLaren's headquarters in Woking, he will assume the position of Technical Director, engineering and design, according to McLaren.
From 2006 through 2016, Marshall worked for reigning champions Red Bull as their head designer. During that time, Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel won four consecutive drivers' and constructors' championships. He formerly worked with Renault, where he and Fernando Alonso helped the team win both championships in 2005.
He will collaborate with David Sanchez, who is joining McLaren from Ferrari in January as Technical Director for Car Concept and Performance, and Peter Prodromou, Technical Director for Aerodynamics. Each of the three will answer to Team Principal Andrea Stella. To complete McLaren's senior technical structure, Marshall will be assisted by Neil Houldey in the recently created role of Deputy Technical Director, Engineering and Design.
"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," McLaren Team Principal Stella said in a statement announcing Marshall's arrival. "Rob's appointment is a crucial step and a perfect match to help the squad on its quest to return to winning ways,” Stella added further.
McLaren had their second double-points result of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix, placing them sixth in the 2023 Constructors' Championship.