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Aston Martin have announced that former head of BMW’s global motorsport operation Mike Krack has joined the team as team principal after the departure of long-standing team member Otmar Szafnauer.

The new boss has plenty of experience during his time in motorsport, after a decade in Formula One working for Sauber.

Most recently Krack was in charge of the BMW Formula E team as well as the GT and IMSA programmes and helped with its planned expansion into the World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 hours after spending a stint at Porche

The news comes moments after Aston Martin became the first team to announce its 2022 car launch, opting for a virtual event on February 10.

The AMR22 will be unveiled the home of Aston Martin Lagonda in Gaydon, alongside drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll.

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“It is a thrill and an honour to have been appointed to the position of Team Principal of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team, and I am very grateful to Lawrence [Stroll] and Martin [Whitmarsh] for giving me such a fantastic opportunity,” Mike Krack said.

“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. 

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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 at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team know it, too.

“We will work incredibly hard. We want to win. Together, we will.”

Aston Martin finished seventh in the Constructors’ Championship at the end of last season, a mighty 65 points behind Red Bull’s junior team Alpha Tauri thanks to an impressive performance from Pierre Gasly.

Yet, the team would have had significantly more points to the end of the season had Vettel not been stripped of his second-place finish after the Hungarian Grand Prix for a fuel irregularity, with the German finishing 12th in the driver standings overall.

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