Aston Martin is announcing this week a new prominent appointment to its technical department, according to team owner Lawrence Stroll.
The Silverstone-based outfit has recently poached several high-profile figures from rival teams and hired longtime Red Bull aerodynamicist Dan Fallows as future technical director and his colleague Andrew Alessi as outfit’s chief operating officer.
Aston Martin is also ready to bring Alfa Romeo man Luca Furbatto as its new engineering director.
And Stroll insists there is no delay on the recruiting front as his team works to double the workforce and build a first-class technical department to help Aston Martin fulfill its ambition to become a F1 championship-winning outfit in the future.
“We are hiring brilliant new senior technical and engineering talent all the time, and the result will be a technical and technical strength in the company equal to, if not better than any other Formula 1 team,” Stroll told members of the media on Thursday.
“We are announcing the hiring of brilliant new senior technical and technical talent almost weekly now.
“This week we announce yet another senior member of another team joining us.”
While Aston Martin plans to increase its staff to about 800 people, the Canadian billionaire made it clear that the drive was about quality, not quantity.
“We currently have approximately. 500 employees, ”said Stroll. “When I took over Force India, we had about 400, we grew by about 100. And it’s not just quantity, it’s quality.
“In Formula 1, it takes time to get people: contracts, garden magazines, etc. But in the short term, we plan to push the number to about 800 people. “
Finally, Stroll dismissed rumors that he was looking for a new CEO to replace current boss and team director Otmar Szafnauer, who has been among the team’s best brass since joining Force India in 2009.
“We have not been looking for a new CEO to lead the team,” Stroll added. “We are looking for almost all other positions in terms of going from the 500 people we currently have to the 800 people.
“But we will always look at strengthening wherever we can. And we get a huge amount of people applying for positions. We never had this luxury before we became Aston Martin.”
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