Aston Martin have announced that experienced former BMW head of motorsport Mike Krack will take the reins as their new team principal, following the departure of Otmar Szafnauer.
Krack had led BMW’s motorsport operation for seven years before making the move to the Silverstone team, having taken charge of their Formula E, IMSA and GT teams.
He has a decade of experience in Formula 1 as well, having been at Sauber and BMW-Sauber as an engineer – revealing that he has already worked with Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel in that time.
Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team is delighted to announce that Mike Krack has been appointed as Team Principal.
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) January 14, 2022
Krack said of his appointment:“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.”
Team owner and chairman Lawrence Stroll said the team are now “on their way” to building a World Championship-winning outfit, and that Krack’s appointment is one that can take them to the next stage of their development.
Stroll said: “We are hiring brilliant new people every week. Our new factory build is coming along very well. We have a fantastic roster of superb sponsor-partners. We are about to embark on year two of our five-year plan, the objective of which is to win Formula One World Championships.
“All the ingredients we require are coming together. Mike will play a central and leading role, reporting to Martin Whitmarsh and leading our technical and operational functions, our collective aim being to fulfil those lofty ambitions. We are on our way.”
Aston Martin group CEO and former McLaren team boss, Martin Whitmarsh added: “Having worked in very senior motorsport positions at both BMW and Porsche, backed by an engineering background in Formula One with Sauber, Mike possesses a blend of experience and expertise that makes him the ideal choice for us.
“He works well with drivers, having prioritised that aspect of his role at BMW in recent years, and also with engineers, since he speaks their language.”
Aston Martin announced former team boss Szafnauer’s departure earlier in January, and he is widely rumoured to be taking over from Marcin Budkowski to lead Alpine next season.
The Silverstone team also became the first team to announce the launch of their new 2022 car, which will take place on Thursday 10 February at Aston Martin Lagonda’s headquarters in Gaydon.
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