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Aston Martin names Krack as team principal

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14/01/2022

Aston Martin has announced that former BMW motorsport boss, Mike Krack has been appointed its team principal.

Prior to joining Aston Martin, Krack was leading BMW's global motorsport operation, having worked for the Munich-based company since 2014. In that role he was in charge of BMW's Formula E, GT and IMSA programmes, as well as its planned expansion into the new LMDh formula for IMSA & WEC, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Prior to that he worked in a senior motorsport role for Porsche, while he has worked for a decade in F1 before, for Sauber then BMW-Sauber.

"It is a thrill and an honour to have been appointed to the position of team principal of Aston Martin," said Krack, "and I am very grateful to Lawrence and Martin for giving me such a fantastic opportunity.

"Aston Martin is one of the greatest automotive brands in the world, and to have been asked to play a leading role in delivering the on-track Formula One success that such an illustrious name so richly deserves is a challenge that I plan to embrace with energy and enthusiasm.

"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.

"Team Silverstone has always impressed me. 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 know it, too. We will work incredibly hard. We want to win. Together, we will."

"Mike Krack is exactly the right kind of dynamic and modern team principal who, working with our other senior leaders under Lawrence's and my overall direction, as well as with our ever-growing staff of skilled and committed employees, will deliver the Formula One World Championship success that we at Aston Martin are so determined to achieve," added Martin Whitmarsh, Group Chief Executive Officer.

"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."

"Winning in Formula One is all about bringing together the best efforts of all the principal players," said Lawrence Stroll, Chairman, "drivers, engineers, mechanics, everyone - and Mike is perfectly placed to do just that.

"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 One 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."

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1. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 17/01/2022 13:33

"So much hoping for Ron Dennis... Oh well. Best of luck to Krack"

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2. Posted by kenji, 16/01/2022 23:33

"Was that simply a wise Krack?"

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3. Posted by FQITW, 16/01/2022 10:46

"Have"

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4. Posted by FQITW, 16/01/2022 10:44

"Looks like Aston haved Kraked it!"

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5. Posted by kenji, 15/01/2022 12:09

"If he travels to Dublin could he sign in to his lodgings under the name of 'Craic' ...sorry for that."

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6. Posted by Max Noble, 15/01/2022 8:30

"The idea for this new front wing…? Totally Krackers…"

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7. Posted by Max Noble, 15/01/2022 8:29

"Simple joys of life! “…Stroll denies Krack appearing in Aston Martin Factory Building…”
I’m sure Vettel will have to gets his puns reloaded for his first press conference…!"

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8. Posted by kenji, 15/01/2022 4:48

"@ elsiebc... Stay off the Krack as failure to do so will just ensure you mentally Krack earlier. So just Krack on and make sure that you don't fall through a Krack in the floor. In the words of the Bard, 'what a Kracking' good show."

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9. Posted by Defiant, 14/01/2022 21:23

"The name was just begging to be joked about, but come on.... he actually said Lance Stroll was a seriously fast and talented driver..... surely that is the funniest thing I've read since Nikita rated himself 4 outta 5 for his season."

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10. Posted by Burton, 14/01/2022 17:54

""Amanda Hugandkis unfairly lost out", opined Moe Szyslak."

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11. Posted by elsiebc, 14/01/2022 17:38

"He will surely assemble a Krack team. But there will be at least one Krack in the management structure. We can assume that Mike is very knowledgeable so there will be a one wise Krack at the meetings. I could go on but I just wanted to Krack the surface."

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12. Posted by Apexing, 14/01/2022 17:18

"That has to be a fake name, like Hugh Jass...it sounds like someone I would've had paged at a store when I was a teenager..."

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13. Posted by Max Noble, 14/01/2022 14:04

"So much F1 experience! Fast train to success right here…"

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