New Aston Martin Boss Recalls His First Encounter With Sebastian Vettel During His BMW F1 Days

Published 01/15/2022, 5:47 AM EST
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


After Aston Martin parted ways with Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer, they choose Mike Krack as his replacement. There is an interesting fact about the new team boss for the Silverstone-based outfit, and that is he has worked with Sebastian Vettel in the past.

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Many would say that Formula One is a small world within itself, and seeing that Krack and Vettel have worked together in the past just proves the point.

The new Aston Martin team principal has worked with Sebastian Vettel in the past

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Krack used to work for BMW-Sauber as an engineer and worked alongside the German driver during his debut in the sport. The new team principal has nothing but praise for the 4-time world champion and is excited to work with him once again.

As quoted from FormulaPassion.it, Krack said, “I have been working in motorsport for over 20 years and I worked in Formula 1 with Seb Vettel in 2006 and 2007, when I was an engineer for BMW-Sauber and he was the test driver of the team. I have enormous respect for his skills and speed.”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel gets out of the car before the start of the race due to bad weather Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

He added, “And it will be great to be with him again. Lance Stroll is also a really fast and talented driver, with 100 Grands Prix under his belt, and I can’t wait to work closely with him” (Translated from Italian via Google)

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What more did Krack say about his appointment as team principal?

Earlier this month, the Lawrence Stroll-led team had announced that they were letting go of Szafnauer. They soon began the search for a new team principal and decided that Krack would lead them in the 2022 season.

Speaking of this, He said, “It is both an exciting and an honor for me to be appointed boss of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 Team. I thank Lawrence [Strol] and Martin [Whitmarsh] for such a wonderful time. I am grateful for the opportunity.”

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“Aston Martin is one of the world’s largest automotive brands and it will be a great challenge that I will embrace with energy and enthusiasm for such a renowned brand to ask me to play a leading role in achieving the much-deserved Formula 1 track success,” he concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google)

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With the 2022 season just around the corner, can the Silverstone-based team bounce back after enduring a horrible season in 2021? Let us know what you think in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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