“Yes, but that assumes you’re already at the cap,” he told Peter Windsor on his YouTube channel about Alpine’s situation. “If you’re not, then there’s headroom to hire. Which we had at Alpine because we were not at the cap.
“So, when I got there, we were double-digit millions below the cap, so we had headroom to hire.
“I always had the philosophy of you shouldn’t make change for the sake of change,” he said. “You need to have a good understanding and make change in areas that you know are going to be better because you’re changing them, and that’s exactly what I did at Alpine.
“So, I took some time, understood the areas that were lacking, and then started making changes. When I got there, there was no separate aero performance group for example.
“But by the time I left, I recruited a new head of that group, separated it from the aerodynamics group, and then started recruiting people underneath. That’s just one example.”
Alpine face an uphill task to improve in 2024 but are fortunate to have a talented French duo at the helm in the form of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.
Both have proven F1 experience and know what direction the car needs to go in to become quicker after spending a season together.
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