Aston Martin announces new Team Principal after departure of Szafnauer

Aston Martin have announced their new Team Principal after the departure of former boss Otmar Szafnauer.

The man who takes over is Mike Krack. He has a lot of experience in motorsport, having overseen a lot of development at BMW. Having joined the German company in 2014, he was put in charge of their Formula E, GT and IMSA programmes. He also played a key role in the expansion into the new LMDh formula for IMSA and the WEC.

The man also has prior F1 experience, having worked for Sauber. In fact, it was he who was instrumental in the BMW-Sauber association. As a result, Aston Martin announced him as their new team principal.

“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 1 success that such an illustrious name so richly deserves is a challenge that I plan to embrace with energy and enthusiasm,” Krack said after the appointment, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.

“I have been working in motorsport for over 20 years, and worked in Formula 1 with Seb(astian) 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.

New Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack. Source: Aston Martin

“(Aston Martin’s) 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.”

New step

“Team Silverstone has always impressed me,” Krack spoke of his new home.

“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 know it, too.

“We will work incredibly hard. We want to win. Together, we will.”

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