Later last week, the Aston Martin Formula One Team had issued a statement saying that it had appointed the ex-BMW Motorsport Chief Mike Krack as the Team’s new F1 Principal following an unsurprising exit of Otmar Szafnauer.
In point of fact, latest move from the auto industry titan came forth as its Mercedes-powered Formula One Aston Martin, owned by Canadian businessman Lawrence, the billionaire father of Stroll who would drive alongside Vettel this season - had rounded off last season’s F1 at seventh, but still harbours top-tier ambitions and had reportedly been constructing a new factory with big-money transfers of some heavyweight names from other teams.
Nevertheless, Mike Krack had previously worked with Swiss-based Sauber in Formula One, while latest Aston Martin move meant that the former BMW Motorsport head would work again in Formula One with Sebastian Vettel, the four-times world champion who had made his Formula One debut with BMW Sauber back in the 2017.
Aston Martin hires Krack as F1 team principal
Meanwhile, expressing a through and through optimism over Krack’s appointment, Stroll said, “Winning in Formula One 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.
” In tandem, Aston Martin team’s group Chief Executive, former McLaren team head Martin Whitmarsh said followed by the announcement, “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,” adding Krack would report directly to him and Lawrence’s son Stroll.
On top of that, addressing to his more than a decade-and-a-half long relationship with four-time world Champion Vettel, Krack said, “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. ”