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MIKE KRACK is the new boss of ASTON MARTIN

The Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team is pleased to announce that Mike Crack has been named the new team boss and will succeed Otmar Szafnauer, who has already left Aston Martin.

Before he joined the British team, he did Mike Krack led at BMW a global motorsport operation, having worked for a Bavarian manufacturer in Munich since 2014. In this role he was in charge of BMW programs Formula E, GT in IMSA, as well as for the planned expansion in LMDh formula for IMSA & WEC, including Le Mansom. Before that, however, he worked at Porsche, and even earlier at Sauber and then BMW-Sauber.

New Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack says: “It is my pleasure and honor to have been appointed to the position of Aston Martin team boss and I am very grateful to Lawrence Stroll and Martin Whitmarsh for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Aston Martin is one of the biggest car brands in the world and the challenge I take with energy is the challenge that I was called to play a leading role in ensuring the success in Formula 1 that such a great name deserves."

Lawrence stroll said: “We hire brilliant new people every week. The construction of our factory is going very well. We have a fantastic list of top sponsors. We are starting the second year of our five-year plan, which aims to win the title of champion. All the ingredients we need are combined. Mike will play a central leadership role, reporting to Martin Whitmarsh and leading our technical and operational functions, and the common goal is to fulfill these lofty ambitions. We are on the right track."

Lawrence Stroll has found a replacement for Otmar Szafnauer as Aston Martin's boss at Mike Krack and believes he will help the team progress - Photo: HB Press

Martin Whitmarsh he added: "After working in very high positions in motorsport at Porsche and BMW, Mike is backed by a Formula 1 engineering degree from Sauber, with a mix of experience and expertise, making him an ideal choice for us. He works well with racers as he has given priority to this aspect at BMW in recent years, and he also gets along well with engineers as he speaks their language."

Martin Whitmarsh, on the other hand, highlights the qualities of the new team boss, which also go back to engineering waters.

By the way: Mike Krack was in 2006 and 2007, when he was at Sauber engineer, also collaborated with Sebastian Vettl, who was a team test racer at the time.                                                                           

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