Renault F1 team plans to increase the number of employees to 700 by the end of the season as part of strengthening their structure that will enable them to attack the world championships in the coming years.
At the end of the 2015, Renault bought Lotus and all their debts and returned as a factory team in 2016 when they started a lengthy process of rebuilding the winning team at Enstone, proccess they had already passed between 2002 and 2005 after taking over Benetton in 2001.
“We have a big job ahead of us and for now everything goes according to expectations,” said Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault F1 team, for Autosport.
“Infrastructure comes, people come, as well as the commercial side. We have had a very successful campaign to attract new partners and they believe in this project, they see improvements in the factory, but also on the track.”
When Renault took over Lotus in late 2015, the team had about 400 employees and in 2016 this number grew to around 500. The French constructor continued to employ high-quality experts in 2017 and by the end of 2018 they expect to have around 700 .
“By the end of the season we will probably have about 700 employees,” said Technical Director Nick Chester.
“You have to follow the situation to ensure that the departments work well with each other.”
“But I have to say that the growth that we had from the end of 2015 worked pretty well. We did not have any major problems with communication between departments.”
Renault getting closer to top teams
Big teams such as Mercedes and Ferrari, which also produce a chassis and power unit, have more than 1000 employees on their F1 projects. Renault does not aim at their numbers, but they believe they are not far away from where they want to be.
“We’re not at their level yet, but it is well under way,” said Chester.
“A lot of work on infrastructure is in the final phase and it should be finished in February.”
“A lot of it is already over, so it is probably about 70% there.”