As stated by the head of Renault Sport’s Cyril Abitbul, the manufacturer can reduce staff on the basis of in France, and to suspend the recruitment of new personnel to the factory in Enstone, said AUTOSPORT.com.
After buying Lotus, the French team had to hastily prepare for the season-2016, with the result that Renault was only able to take ninth place in the constructors ‘ championship.
The leadership was restructured at the engine plant in Viry, and now the team needs to strengthen, according to Abitbol.
“In 2017, we will strengthen already established structure, — said the head. — Viry is made focus on quality, not quantity. We may have to reduce our operating base.
We hired approximately 100 new employees for the production chassis, and that an increase of 20%. Now the enlargement process is stopped, because everyone needs to find a job.
I’m more focused on trying to find the right branch managers. Due to contractual features is a long process — the higher a person’s rank, the longer the process of employment.
But we have some understandings, and essential personnel will be announced during the season”.
Yesterday, Renault announced that the new head of the Department of aerodynamics was the Paul Machin, who will assume his duties July 3.
Abitbul sure that the new internal combustion engine and energy recovery system, Renault can catch Mercedes on indicators.
“No one doubts that we can even overtake them,” continued Abitbul.
Renault hope that in 2018 will be able to get on the podium and only in 2020 will try to compete for the title.
Abitbul admitted that Renault does not have enough budget compared to other top teams, but their financial resources are higher than the Williams, Force India and Toro Rosso.
“Our budget higher than all but three of the top teams, — said the head. — About McLaren’s nothing to say, because I don’t understand their business structure.
We will be able to fight with Williams, Force India and Toro Rosso, so I set a goal to pass them. I think our rate of development is higher than those teams.
According to our five-year plan, we must include a mechanism for the development to provide the team necessary financial resources and compete with larger teams.”
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