Contrary to speculation and his offer to "help" Renault, quadruple world champion Alain Prost was on Wednesday not named the French team's new formula one boss.

Contrary to speculation and his offer to "help" Renault, quadruple world champion Alain Prost was on Wednesday not named the French team's new formula one boss.

However, the team issued a statement announcing only a "temporary" new management structure "which will be in place from today until the end of the 2009 season".

Replacing the departed Flavio Briatore as team principal is existing technical director Bob Bell, a 51-year-old Ulsterman.

The similarly departed Pat Symonds was Renault's executive director of engineering, but his vacated role has not been directly filled. Instead, Bell is to also be the chief technical officer.

Meanwhile, existing head of marketing and communications Jean-Francois Caubet takes on Briatore's other role as managing director.

 

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