Bob Bell's responsibilities will

’s position will not be filled. Instead, his roles will be taken over by Paddy Lowe. (Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Photographic)

Mercedes has confirmed that its technical director Bob Bell will leave the team in November, having tendered his resignation last December.

His departure will streamline an organization that has looked a little top heavy on the technical side, especially now that the complex transition from the 2013 to 2014 rules has been undertaken, and so successfully.

The role of technical director will not be filled.

Mercedes says that Bell has “the intention of pursuing new challenges outside the company,” and adds that Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe will take over his responsibilities.

Bell has previously worked for McLaren, Jordan and Benetton/Renault, and briefly held the team principal role at the last named after Flavio Briatore’s departure.

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