New additions will take VCARB to the next level – Mekies

Visa Cash App RB team principal Laurent Mekies believes the hiring of three experienced senior personnel will help take the team to the next level in Formula 1.

Mekies himself has only started work ahead to the 2024 season after joining the former AlphaTauri team as team principal from Ferrari, and after the new team name was confirmed last week there have been further key figures announced. Tim Goss will join as chief technical officer in October following as spell as FIA technical director and at McLaren, while former Red Bull, McLaren and Lotus engineer Guillaume Cattelani is also bolstering the technical team and Alan Permane arrives as racing director.

“The appointments of Tim, Guillaume and Alan add a vast amount of winning expertise to the team, and I have no doubt that they will help take the team to the next level in F1,” Mekies said. 


“We already have a very strong and hugely experienced group at the team and bringing onboard highly-skilled individuals like Tim, Guillaume and Alan will boost our capability and help us meet the highest technical standards at Visa Cash App RB F1 Team, both at the factory and at the track.”

Mekies reports to Visa Cash App RB CEO Peter Bayer, who believes the additions are central to the future structure that he wants the team to take on within F1.

“These appointments represent a strong step forward for Visa Cash App RB,” Bayer said. “The appointments of Guillaume and Alan will boost capability in design and development of our cars and in performance at the track. Then, with Tim’s arrival in October, we will have put in place the key elements of a structure designed to take us on the next phase of our journey and ensure the long-term success of the team.”

While Cattelani and Permane are expected to start work immediately, Goss is unable to do so until October due to rules governing FIA members moving into team positions, given their potential exposure to future regulations and rival team information. 

Story originally appeared on Racer