Sauber Team Continues Hiring Initiative in Anticipation of Audi F1 Debut
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Sauber Team Continues Hiring Initiative in Anticipation of Audi F1 Debut

23 December 2023
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Sauber Team Continues Hiring Initiative in Anticipation of Audi F1 Debut

Racing Against the Clock

Facing financial challenges, the team downsized to 220 members. Finn Rausing took over in 2017, securing investments. Under Alfa Romeo, the team thrived, more than doubling its headcount by the current season.

The expansion gained significant momentum with Audi's confirmed takeover in August 2022. However, it's essential to note that several individuals signed during this period remained tethered to their previous employers through gardening leave.

Emphasizing the paramount importance of personnel, Alunni Bravi highlighted the need to secure the right individuals before shifting focus towards developing facilities for their use.

"We've initiated a crucial recruitment plan," he explained. "The tangible outcomes will unfold in the coming years since each new appointment typically involves a gardening leave period, allowing individuals to transition from competitors.

Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, during the Audi press conference at Auto Shanghai 2023

Alunni Bravi stressed the significance of this process, stating, "It's a journey that takes time. Financially, there's no issue. We began in 2017 with around 220 people and have surpassed 500 this year. The expansion will continue next year, encompassing not just headcount but also technological advancements. It's a step-by-step process that involves expanding departments, facilities, and our staff annually."

Addressing Audi's role, he emphasized, "There's a normal dynamic between the two shareholders, discussing all future investment plans until at least 2030. We operate according to the governance in place, adjusting as necessary with each acquisition step Audi takes, a normal occurrence in any company with dual shareholders."

Like other midfield teams, Sauber benefits from an increased capex allowance, allowing it to invest more than the frontrunners in improving facilities. Alunni Bravi acknowledged the significant strides needed in each area but expressed confidence that their strategic investments would lead to a stronger position in terms of design, operations, and processes.

In conclusion, Alunni Bravi highlighted adherence to cost caps, limiting rapid investments. Each step aligns with long-term vision and governing body guidelines.

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