Aston Martin reveal remarkable workforce plan to become F1 powerhouse
Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has indicated the team is set to boost its staff numbers by 50% in its bid to become an F1 giant.
The Silverstone-based team completed a rebranding exercise over the winter as it morphed from Racing Point into Aston Martin, with the name change leading to an increase in funding and resources.
The team, which sits fifth in the constructors’ standings following a difficult start to the new season, is also due to open its new factory in August 2022.
With the recruitment drive in full swing as Aston Martin seeks to take on Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren, Szafnauer said: “We’ve added significantly [to] the number of people that we had when we were Force India [then 400].
“The new factory is on track, we’ve started building already and it’s a big, big programme to recruit even further.
“We’re at about 535 people now. We’ll probably get to the region of 800 or whatever the right size is under the cost cap.
“We’re strategically working on that now and are trying to recruit like-minded individuals that want to come work for Aston Martin and go racing at the highest level.
“So the recruitment process is going well.”
Aston Martin won’t sacrifice 2021
F1 is set to run under radically different aerodynamic regulations next year, and with a budget cap in force for the first time this year, the focus is on when teams will stop development on the current cars.