Aston Martin have announced former BMW head of motorsport Mike Krack has joined the team as their new team principal.
Krack’s arrival has been confirmed following the departure of previous team principal and CEO Otmar Szafnauer earlier this month.
The newcomer to the team arrives from BMW, where as its head of motorsport Krack was responsible for overseeing the brand’s Formula E and GT racing programmes.
Krack says he is aiming to deliver victories in Formula 1 with his new Silverstone-based team. “Team Silverstone has always impressed me,” he said. “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.”
He also has previous experience in Formula 1, having worked for a decade with Sauber, before its transition into BMW-Sauber. In 2005, Krack was Felipe Massa’s race engineer at the team before the Brazilian’s move to Ferrari and worked with Sebastian Vettel during the 2006 season. Krack says he is looking forward to being reunited with the four-time world champion driver once more.
“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,” said Krack. “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.”
Aston Martin chairman, Lawrence Stroll, said the appointment of Krack marked a step on the team’s five year plan to win the Formula 1 world championship.
“Winning in Formula 1 is all about bringing together the best efforts of all the principal players – drivers, engineers, mechanics, everyone – and Mike is perfectly placed to do just that,” 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 1 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.”
Earlier today, Aston Martin became the first of the ten F1 teams to announce the launch date of their 2022 car, the AMR22, which will be unveiled on 10 February.
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