Alpine’s key ‘anti-inflation’ move in F1 2022

Alpine’s key ‘anti-inflation’ move in F1 2022




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Alpine were virtually the only team to improve their car in all races this season, helping Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon score the points needed to move into fourth in the constructors’ championship.

While rival teams were restricted in the development of their cars by the Formula 1 cost limit, Alpine He did not hesitate and is also planning a new recruitment campaign to increase the size of his workforce.

One of the reasons why those of In stone been able to afford the extra expense, stems from a strategic decision taken earlier this year in anticipation of huge energy cost hikes that appear to have hurt all of their rivals.

Anticipating that electricity and gas costs would skyrocket following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Alpine he immediately buys as much energy as he can, protecting himself in anticipation of a rise in costs that will not be long in coming.

The team leader, Otmar Szafnauerbelieves that this measure generated a considerable saving of money, which they were able to invest in increasing the performance of the car.

“We bought the power up front and that saved us a few million,” Szafnauer told Motorsport.com when discussing Alpine’s upgrades at the start of 2022.

“We bought energy and material, so it was a smart move,” he added.

Alpine he aims to fight at the front of the grid once he completes his first 100 races under his new identity.

And although its purpose has been complicated by the introduction of cost containment, Szafnauer believes that the situation in which the team finds itself with this budget cap is good, because until now they have been working below the said limit.

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And the strategy of purchasing energy in advance also contributed significantly to this.

“I don’t want to say we’re significantly below the cost limit, but we’re comfortably below,” he explained. Szafnauer.

“Eso ha conseguido en parte gracias a algunas buenas stratégicas decisions. Algunos de los persons in charge of las finances vieron que la inflation iba a llegar y, por lo tanto, tomaron algunas decisiones acertadas para comprar cosas más baratas que sabes que vas a utilizar en the future”.

“Structurally, we’re also structured a bit differently, so in terms of the cost cap, I think we’re better managed than some of the other teams.

“So that helped us and allowed us to hire 75 more people without worrying about going over the cost cap, which is great. We’re in a good position.”

Szafnauer He also acknowledged that the increase in the cost limit agreed before the summer break, due to inflation which raised the alarm in several teams, also gave them more freedom.

“The cost cap has increased for this year by almost 4.3 million euros and I think it will be the same for next year,” he said.

“So the 135 million euros that we were supposed to be able to spend next season is probably around 141 or 145 million euros. surely buy things at the same prices, we no longer cover ourselves so far in advance”.

“So you have to know how to see in advance the amount of the ceiling cost that inflation will more or less eat up. So you have to know what margin we’re talking about to try to cover it. That’s what we’re in for. doing,” concluded the Alpine.

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