A week after the official departure of Otmar Szafnauer, Aston Martin appointed a new team manager in the person of Mike Krack. The British team turned to external recruitment, setting its sights on the man who until then had been the big boss of BMW Motorsport.
The German had held this position for the Bavarian brand since 2014 and notably supervised multiple sports programs in Formula E, GT and Endurance. He was also responsible for preparing the return of the German manufacturer to prototype via the LMDh regulations. Prior to joining BMW, he previously worked for Porsche Motorsport. The world of Formula 1 is not unknown to him since he previously worked at BMW-Sauber.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to have been appointed as Team Principal of Aston Martin and I am very grateful to Lawrence [Stroll] and Martin [Whitmarsh] for giving me this fantastic opportunity », rejoices Mike Krack. “Aston Martin is one of the greatest automotive brands in the world, and the fact that I have been asked to play a leading role in securing the success on the F1 circuits that such an illustrious name deserves is a challenge that I intend to take up with energy and enthusiasm. »
« I have worked in motorsport for over 20 years and worked in F1 with Seb Vettel in 2006 and 2007 when I was an engineer at BMW Sauber and he was the test driver for the team. I have huge respect for his speed and ability, and it will be amazing to be reunited with him. Lance Stroll is a very quick and talented driver, too, with 100 starts to his name, and I have really looking forward to working closely with him. »
« The Silverstone team has always impressed me. It is full of talented people and real competitors. This racing culture and these values are required to succeed in motorsport, I know that and my new colleagues at Aston Martin know that too. We will work very hard. We want to win. Together we will. »
BMW has accepted the departure of Mike Krack at his request to enable him to take up this new challenge, and he will be replaced by Andreas Roos from February 1st. On the other hand, Aston Martin did not specify the date on which its new team principal will take up his duties.
“To win in F1 you have to bring together the best efforts of all the key players – the drivers, the engineers, the mechanics, everyone – and Mike [Krack] is ideally placed to do this », adds Lawrence Stroll, CEO of Aston Martin. « We are hiring brilliant new people every week. The construction of our new factory is going very well. We have a fantastic list of great sponsors and partners. »
« We are going to start the second year of our five-year plan, with the objective of winning World Championships. All the ingredients we need are coming together. Mike will play a key and leading role, he will be under Martin Whitmarsh’s orders [directeur général, ndlr] and will lead our technical and operational functions, our collective goal being to achieve these lofty ambitions. We are on the right path. »