Aston Martin Boss Reveals the 2021 F1 Race Newly-Appointed CEO Whitmarsh Will Attend

Published 10/09/2021, 4:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin team principal and chief executive officer Otmar Szafnauer during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


After seven years of absence from the pinnacle of motor racing, former McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, has joined the Aston Martin F1 team as a Group Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Performance Technologies.

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Martin Whitmarsh became one of the biggest entities in Formula 1 during his 25 years stint with McLaren. The 63-year-old eventually succeeded Ron Dennis at the Woking-based team as a team principal in 2008.

After he left McLaren in 2014, Martin has mainly been involved in America’s Cup with Ben Ainslie Racing, but will now return to Formula 1 with the Silverstone-based team.

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Meanwhile, ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Aston Martin team principal, Otmar Szafnauer reveals when the newly appointed Martin Whitmarsh will make an appearance this year.

What did Otmar Szafnauer say about the new Aston Martin CEO?

During the Team Principal conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, when asked what will be the role of Martin Whitmarsh and will he come to all the races, Otmar Szafnauer replied: “He’s group CEO, which by mere definition means you have a bigger role and a wider role.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021. Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin F1 Team talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“He will be coming to some races. I think he’ll be coming to Austin (United States Grand Prix) and then perhaps one more race this year and then a few next years.” concluded the Aston Martin team principal.

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Sebastian Vettel welcomes Martin Whitmarsh

The four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, is delighted with the addition of Martin Whitmarsh, who has worked with several famous drivers and helped win championship titles with Lewis Hamilton, Mika Hakkinen, and Ayrton Senna.

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“I know Martin from just when he left. I started, more or less, in Formula 1. I’ve never worked with him and I don’t know him good enough to judge. So I think we need to be open-minded,” said Sebastian Vettel.

Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.

“Obviously, we expected to strengthen the team, otherwise there is no point signing new people or adding people to the team. I think it looks like a strong recruitment and hopefully helps us to achieve what we want to achieve in the future,” concluded the German.

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With the addition of Martin Whitmarsh, can Aston Martin compete for the championship next season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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