Mike Krack joins Aston Martin as F1 team principal | Race News

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One team Aston Martin on Friday appointed former BMW Motorsport boss Mike Krack as its new manager following the departure of Otmar Szafnauer.
Krack previously worked in Formula 1 with the Swiss company Sauber.
The move means he will work again with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who made his Formula 1 debut with BMW-Sauber in 2007 and races for Aston Martin with Canadian Lance Stroll.

“I’ve been in motorsport for over 20 years and worked in Formula 1 with Seb Vettel in 2006 and 2007 when I was an engineer at BMW-Sauber and he was the team’s test driver. “, said Krack.
“I have huge respect for his speed and ability, and it will be fantastic to have him back.
“Lance Stroll is also an extremely fast and talented driver, with 100 Grand Prix starts to his name, and I am very much looking forward to working closely with him.”
Mercedes-powered Aston Martin, owned by Stroll’s billionaire father Lawrence, finished seventh last season but has big ambitions and is building a new factory while hiring big names from other teams.
“Winning in Formula 1 is about bringing together the best efforts of all the major players – drivers, engineers, mechanics, everyone – and Mike is perfectly placed to deliver that,” Stroll said.
Szafnauer, who had been with the team since their days racing as Force India under the ownership of Vijay Mallya, left this month with media speculation linking him to Renault-owned rivals Alpine.
Former McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh, who is now Aston Martin team group chief executive, said Krack would report to him and Stroll.
“Having held senior motorsport positions at BMW and Porsche, backed by a Formula 1 engineering background at Sauber, Mike has a mix of experience and expertise that makes him the ideal choice for us.” , did he declare.
“He works well with the drivers, having prioritized this aspect of his role at BMW in recent years, and also with the engineers, as he speaks their language.
Aston Martin has also announced that its 2022 car will be launched on February 10 at Gaydon, the English headquarters of Aston Martin Lagonda. The season starts in Bahrain on March 20.

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