We employ around 500 people, a figure which can rise to approximately 580 during the peak production period over the winter months. To say the workforce, that racked up a staggering one million hours of work last year, is varied, would be an understatement. 35 different nationalities are represented: 45% of staff are native Italians, 30% come from the UK and the remaining 25% from all four corners of the globe, including Western & Eastern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Mexico, Latvia, Indonesia, Brazil, India, Kenya and Morocco. Average age is 36, with the youngest that is 19 and the more expert that is 64. There are no women currently driving in Formula 1 and, until recently, the sport was regarded very much as a male preserve across all jobs, but attitudes are changing and at Scuderia AlphaTauri, 20% of our workforce are women, with half of them occupying senior positions within the company, while a further 40% are involved in technical and production roles.
The excitement of Formula 1 racing has led many a youngster to dream of working in the sport, which explains why we receive a staggering 21,000 job applications per year, ranging from young hopefuls with no work experience to highly skilled senior staff. The company is also proactive in finding talented young people to work for us and the for the past 6 years, the Formula Future project, our Advanced Level training programme, has offered a real work experience to a lot of talented students and graduates in all disciplines, many of whom have gone on to be employed full-time by the team, embarking on a career in Formula 1. Internship opportunities have also been taken up by youngsters from around the world to work in Faenza as well as in our aerodynamics department in Bicester UK. In fact, Scuderia AlphaTauri is as much of a “university” as a place of employment, with internal training programmes an important part of our work and last year, over a hundred members of staff took part in over ten thousand hours of training.
Here at AlphaTauri, we adhere to the old saying that you should work hard and also play hard. That might explain why over a quarter of our workforce is involved in sport semi-professionally, ranging from obvious disciplines such as karting and motocross, to kite surfing, snowboarding, kick boxing, cycling, water polo and tennis among many others.