Szafnauer Clarifies Whitmarsh’s Role at Aston Martin F1

Published 09/26/2021, 5:46 AM EDT
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 ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Aston Martin are on a recruiting spree to make a championship charge in the future. They have recently announced that Martin Whitmarsh will join them on October 1 as Group Chief Executive Officer. Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer explains what will be the role of Martin in the team.

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There were some reports that Whitmarsh will be the boss of Otmar in the team, but the American has clarified that he will not report to him in the team.

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I remain as team principal and CEO: Otmar Szafnauer

As reported by Motorsport-total, the Aston Martin team boss mentioned the team will benefit from the experience of the Brit. Martin Whitmarsh was the team principal of McLaren from 2009 to 2014.

“For me, it doesn’t change anything. I remain as team principal and CEO,” said Otmar.

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

“Martin is brought in as group CEO, so we’re obviously now going to have a group of companies, very much like McLaren have done with their applied technologies.

We want to do the same and extract some of the technology and IP that’s created and developed for F1 and applied elsewhere. Martin will report to the chairman and reporting into Martin will be all the group companies underneath which Formula 1 will be one of those group companies,” Szafnauer explained.

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Lawrence Stroll had described Martin Whitmarsh as the ideal man for the job as group CEO. Whitmarsh recently mentioned why he was hired by the Canadian billionaire in the team.

“Lawrence intends Aston Martin to win F1 world championships, plain and simple. I would not have joined him in that endeavor unless I was utterly convinced that it was an entirely achievable aim,” Whitmarsh said.

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SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 16: Lawrence Stroll, father of Lance Stroll of Canada and Williams walks in the Paddock before final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit in September 16, 2017, in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“I know what it takes to win in F1 and, inspired by Lawrence’s leadership and backed by the skill, passion, and resolve of the workforce, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure that our team becomes the winning operation that Lawrence is determined that it should be,” said Whitmarsh.

Aston Martin had previously hired personnel from Alfa Romeo and Red Bull to join them. They are looking to become world champions by the 2025 season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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