In the last few months Alpine has been involved in various projects and the latest, that the French car manufacturer has announced, concerns the expansion of human resources in order to reach the size of "big teams".
Alpine a few weeks ago had already announced that it had launched a program dedicated to increasing diversity within its company, named Rac(H)er. This project will help ensure a certain level of gender equity in all areas of the company, as Alpine female staff currently represent only 12% of the total.
This recruiting program will be joined by that for other resources that can help the team grow, and in Enston there's a lot of focus especially on aerodynamics.
“There’s a still an element of expansion and investment and we’re committed to that,” Otmar Szafnauer, Alpine team principal, told The Race.
“We’re looking at hiring another 75 people - there’s about 850 of us here - because we’ve got to be at the size of the big teams if we want to fight with the big teams.
“And it’s not just about adding people, it’s adding the right people with the right culture, and the right racing spirit. And we’re looking for those now.
“We’ve had good success in recruiting, as well as expanding the site here as well, too. And that’s been recently approved." he added.
“I think work will start just around the corner from us very soon.”
According to Szafnauer's words, Alpine will soon have more than 900 employees, in a completely opposite situation to that of a few years ago, with the crisis of the Genii Capital management. The team very nearly went under in 2015.
“There are great strengths here, a very knowledgeable workforce,” added Szafnauer, last year team principal at Aston Martin.
“We have our own tunnel, without a customer in it. A great infrastructure.
“There are some areas that I’ve been used to at other teams be a little bit stronger and have some more knowledge, and in those areas, we just have to add people with that type of knowledge.
“We’re looking for them now.”