Could Sebastian Vettel Be a Driving Force Behind Aston Martin’s Unexpected New Signing?

Published 01/23/2022, 9:52 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel after qualifying REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Recently, Aston Martin Racing pulled off an unexpected move following the exit of Otmar Szafnauer, former team principal and one of the most trusted members of the British outfit. Many anticipated AMR to hand over Szafnauer’s role to the newly recruited Martin Whitmarsh.

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The ex-McLaren CEO has a strong history of handling multiple roles at the same time. Hence, it almost looked like Aston Martin would do the same with the 63-year-old Briton. But, then arrived a shocking turnaround, as Lawrence Stroll, instead, appointed Mike Krack, the former Sauber BMW F1 team head.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing second REUTERS/David W Cerny

This left many wondering, how on earth did Aston Martin find Krack amongst other prominent team leaders? Well, there is a possibility that Sebastian Vettel might have played a hand in this unusual union. How you might ask? Well, the four-time world champion and the former Sauber engineer have already worked together in the past.

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Vettel began his F1 career as a test driver at BMW and Krack was then the chief engineer of BMW Sauber.

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Vettel & Krack join together at Aston Martin

According to AMUS, Krack opened up that he is excited to work with Vettel for the first time in over a decade. “I’ve been in the world of motorsport for more than 20 years and worked with Seb Vettel back in 2006 and 2007 when I was a BMW Sauber engineer and he was the Team test driver,” he said.

I have a lot of respect for his speed and ability It’s fantastic to be back together Lance Stroll is of course also a fast and talented driver with over 100 Grand Prix starts to his credit. I look forward to working closely with him as well.

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Krack further affirmed that his target is to hand Aston Martin race victories. “Silverstone has always impressed me. It’s made up of a lot of talented people and real racers. You need that racer culture and values ​​to be successful in motorsport. I know that and my new colleagues at Aston Martin know that too. We’re going to work incredibly hard. We want to win. And together we’re going to do it,” he added.

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Overall, an exciting new season ahead for Aston Martin with new and extremely talented faces leading the team from the front. Hence, are AMR on course to becoming a dominant mid-field team in 2022? We’ll know soon enough!

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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