Aston Martin announces Mike Krack as their new Team Principal

Aston Martin's F1 team have announced former BMW Motorsport boss Mike Krack as their new Team Principal, and replacement for Otmar Szafnauer.

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Aston Martin have announced former BMW Motorsport boss Mike Krack as their new Team Principal, and replacement for Otmar Szafnauer.

Szafnauer left the team with immediate effect last week, rumoured to be joining rivals Alpine in place of outgoing Marcin Budkowski.

Krack has a wealth of motor racing experience in various categories, including a decade in Formula 1 with Sauber. He also worked in a senior motorsport role for Porsche but it was later at BMW Motorsport where he was in charge of BMW’s Formula E, GT and IMSA programmes, as well as its planned expansion into the new LMDh formula for IMSA & WEC.

Krack worked with many a driver throughout his tenure at both BMW-Sauber and Sauber.

Krack worked with many a driver throughout his tenure at both BMW-Sauber and Sauber.

Aston Martin's newly recruited Martin Whitmarsh was long rumoured to be taking up Szafnauer's position, but when Budkowksi confirmed his Alpine departure there were rumours of a straight swap being in consideration.

In a statement from Aston Martin confirming the decision, Krack said:

"It is a thrill and an honour to have been appointed to the position of Team Principal of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, and I am very grateful to Lawrence [Stroll] and Martin [Whitmarsh] for giving me such a fantastic opportunity.

"Aston Martin is one of the greatest automotive brands in the world, and to have been asked to play a leading role in delivering the on-track Formula One success that such an illustrious name so richly deserves is a challenge that I plan to embrace with energy and enthusiasm.

"I have been working in motorsport for over 20 years, and worked in Formula One with Seb Vettel in 2006 and 2007 when I was a BMW-Sauber engineer and he was the team’s test driver.

"I have huge respect for his speed and ability, and it will be fantastic to be reunited with him. Lance Stroll is a seriously fast and talented driver, too, with 100 Grands Prix starts to his name, and I am very much looking forward to working closely with him.

"Team Silverstone has always impressed me. It is full of talented people and real racers. That racer’s culture and values are what is required to succeed in motorsport - I know that and my new colleagues at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team know it, too. We will work incredibly hard. We want to win. Together, we will.”

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Comments (2)

  • So now they just need to get rid of Lance and remind Seb he’s there to drive and not crack jokes over the radio and they might have half a chance of dragging the Aston into the top three.

      10 hours ago
  • I hope he can Krack it, otherwise the impatient owner will make him Stroll.

      23 hours ago
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