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New equations on the Aston Martin F1 team as Sebastian Vettel’s former chief engineer becomes the new boss

Aston Martin has appointed Mike Krack as the new team boss. He previously worked with the Sauber team in Formula 1, but left the sport after BMW..

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Aston Martin has appointed Mike Krack as the new team boss. He previously worked with the Sauber team in Formula 1, but left the sport after BMW gave up the sport in 2009. Krack has replaced Otmar Szafnauer in the team following his exit earlier this week. Szafnauer assumed top responsibility for the team in 2018 but failed to achieve the expected results.

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The 2021 F1 season has been tough for the Silverstone-based team. The best result came at the Azerbaijan GP with Sebastian Vettel taking 2nd place. This was the only podium for the team for the entire season. The line-up of Stroll and Vettel showed some impressive performances, but the team lacked consistency in the starting line-up.

Although the newly appointed team boss has not been closely associated with the sport for some time, he brings enough experience from earlier F1 days with him. It is noteworthy that he also worked in Formula 3 for a while before moving back to a full-time role at BMW. The German also worked closely with F1 legend Sebastian Vettel during his time at BMW Sauber.

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Formula One F1 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Aston Martin team boss can convince Sebastian Vettel to stay in the team

Sebastian Vettel ended his first season with the Aston Martin team and gave them their first and only podium finish in Azerbaijan. Vettel has enjoyed a fairly successful stint at Ferrari from 2015-2020 but his ambitions with the team were not met and he switched to the Silverstone-based team.

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However, the new team boss has worked with a completely different Vettel, the one in his primitive F1 years. Vettel made his debut at the 2007 United States GP with the BMW Sauber Team, and Krack was part of that garage. Before that he was a test driver and then a racing driver for the Sauber team.

Even after an impressive start, Sauber fired him and he went to Toro Rosso and then to Red Bull, and calm is, as the saying goes, history. Years later the two will share the same garage and many believe that Krack may be the key to convincing/enjoying Vettel to stay with Aston Martin.



Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 9, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

It will be interesting to see how he fares when dealing with a team owner who is also a race dad and a team that is currently undergoing significant change. With a new season just around the corner, teams prepare for the challenges ahead. Will this restructuring help Aston Martin in 2022? We will know soon.

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