Alonso turned down the prospect to increase his keep at Alpine by taking up an offer to join Aston Martin on a “multi-year” deal that takes him to not less than the tip of the 2024 season.
Heading into this season’s summer season break, Alpine lies in fourth place on this planet championship on 99 factors, in contrast with the 20 logged by ninth-placed Aston Martin.
Szafnauer, who was staff principal of the Silverstone outfit till the beginning of this yr, is assured that Alpine will proceed to remain in entrance of its common rival.
“I do know each groups nicely,” he stated.
“I feel I do know [them], as a result of I spent 12 years on the different staff, higher than I do know all of the people right here simply but.
“And I do know since I’ve left in December, they’ve employed some extra folks, a few of which I used to be part of recruiting, including Dan Fallows, and Eric Blandin from Mercedes. So I do know what they’re making an attempt to do.
“And I do know that the folks which are there, and I do know this staff right here, and each groups have nice potential.
“However as we sit right here immediately, this staff is acting at a a lot greater stage. It is onerous to foretell the longer term, however within the close to future, for certain this staff will proceed to carry out at that stage, if not higher.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Workforce Principal, Alpine F1
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Whereas Aston’s headhunting of key technical folks has been nicely publicised, Szafnauer says that Alpine is endeavor enlargement of its personal.
“Now we have an inside programme known as Mountain Climber, and that is to rent a further 75 folks in strategic areas that can assist enhance the capabilities of this staff,” he stated.
“And together with the 75 folks, there’s additionally instruments that we’re bettering now, some simulation instruments, a brand new simulator, expanded capability in manufacturing, some upgrades to our wind tunnel, all with the deal with with the ability to win in 100 races.
“These issues are nonetheless occurring right here and so they’re occurring quick. We’re already at a stage of 850 folks right here.
“So I’m assured that we will outdo the staff that Fernando goes to, within the time interval that he will probably be there.”