The Renault Formula One Team have confirmed that they plan to hire 160 new staff over the 2 years at their Enstone HQ as they aim to return to the front of Formula One.
The French manufacturer has returned to team ownership having bought back a majority shareholding in the Lotus F1 Team and hired two new race drivers by promoting Jolyon Palmer and bringing in former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.
The outfit have also hired former Ferrari race engineer Chris Dyer to oversee the development of the team while also bringing back former technical director Bob Bell who returns to Enstone following a spell with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team. Speaking about their plans, Renault F1 Team Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented by saying:
Right now we have 490 people in Enstone. The plan is to grow to 650 by the end of 2017. We believe we will be able to match the other teams, even though we will have fewer people on site.
Renault have their base in Enstone while they have have their power unit HQ in Viry, France and Abiteboul believes that they have enough resources there to compete with the bigger manufacturers such as Ferrari and Mercedes.