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Sauber ramping up support staff

Sauber is looking to add about 100 extra staff to its team to speed up the development work and get back into the midfield by 2018, as per Team Principal Fred Vasseur.

After taking over from Monisha Kaltenborn, Vasseur has been busy overhauling the team. His first focus was securing a good engine, with a multi-year deal with Ferrari, he has closed that big uncertainty and now he is turning his attention towards staff resourcing.

With only about 320 people, the Swiss team is one of the smallest in the grid. Vasseur is planning to boost all departments with more people, especially the aerodynamics section.

“The number we are is too small,” he said. “We have to grow up, we have to grow up in each department, mainly in aero. More or less that [400] will be the target.”

He hinted the recruitment might happen quickly like how he ramped up staff in Renault. But instead of just increasing numbers, he is focussed on finding the right person for the right job.

He said, “When I joined Renault last year, we were at 470 and I left at 600. We have to take the guys at a good place and in a good position,”

“If you increase the headcount, you have to increase the budget but that was not the most difficult part of this.

“You have to find the right guys, you have to identify the position. To take guys that you want to make numbers. That would be the worst case. It would be better to stay at 320 than to take guys like this.” He added.

In the past, Sauber had trouble with hiring as most of the F1 teams and staff are in the UK while they are based in Switzerland.

“There are advantages and disadvantages [of being based in Switzerland],” he said. “When you’re in the UK, it’s easy to move from one team to another one.

“On the other end, in all areas, we’ll have some guys coming from Germany, looking for a position. I moved to Switzerland and I really appreciate the move.”

Sauber is now at the bottom of the Constructors’ standing. With the next engine secured from Ferrari, the team is getting ready for a major push to get back to the midfield from next season.

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