Aston Martin have named Mike Krack as their new Team Principal following the exit of Otmar Szafnauer.
Szafnauer departed the team in early January and has now been replaced by Krack who used to run BMW’s Global Motorsports Operations, encompassing their Formula E, GTE and IMSA programmes and previously was involved with BMW Sauber between 2006-09 seasons.
Speaking about taking up his new role, Krack said that “It is a thrill and an honour” to become Team Principal and praised Lawrence Stroll plus Performance CEO, Martin Whitmarsh for appointing him to the “fantastic” position.
Krack also acknowledged the challenge of turning Aston Martin into a top F1 team will be one which he plans “to embrace with energy and enthusiasm.”
This move also sees Krack reunited with Sebastian Vettel after working together in 2006 and 07 seasons when he was an engineer and Vettel was Test Driver.
Speaking about this reunion with the German, Krack said: “I have huge respect for his speed and ability, and it will be fantastic to be reunited with him.”
On the prospect of working with Lance Stroll, Krack added: “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.”
Krack also praised all employees of Aston Martin as “talented” and “real racers” as he looks forward to working alongside them this season.
Aston Martin Chairman, Lawrence Stroll added that Krack is “perfectly placed” to lead Aston Martin into an new era of F1 and that “All the ingredients we require are coming together.”
Stroll proceeded to clarify what he is expecting from Krack as he said: “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.”