“We’re strategically working”– Aston Martin talks about the plan they have designed to make their team a powerhouse in Formula 1.
Aston Martin, before the start of the season, was immensely hyped because, after decades, it looked back at the competition. Seeing its predecessors’ success, there were talks of sustaining the success.
Moreover, Sebastian Vettel’s inclusion in the setup lured the fans into taking even more interest in the Silverstone based entity. But since then, things haven’t been as great for them in comparison to 2020.
Presently, Aston Martin sits at P5 in the constructors’ table, with Alpha Tauri and Alpine hanging down their neck with 1 and 2 points apart, respectively. However, Otmar Szafnauer realizes that the road to success won’t be easy and convinced his boss Lawrence Stroll of more investment.
Szafnauer revealed about the new setup of Aston Martin with increased personnel that could elevate their position in the table and could allow them to vie against Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
“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,” said Szafnauer.
“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.”
2021 will not be sacrificed
With Aston Martin having bigger plans for the future, it could excuse itself to not pay much heed to 2021 like Ferrari and Mercedes, but they declined to follow those steps.
“There is a bigger gap to the teams in front than the teams behind,” added Szafnauer. So we’ve got to do a good job for the rest of the season; bring some more upgrades, understand the car better.”
“Get the drivers even more comfortable and fight as hard as we can to finish as high as possible in the midfield. It won’t be easy even for fifth but we will do the best we can.”