Aston Martin appoints Mike Crack as Formula One team principal

Krack followed a similar career path as McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl, working with BMW in F1 early in his career before gaining experience in other classes.

He joined Sauber in 2001 and rose to the position of Chief Engineer in the BMW Era of Business, thus spending time working with current Aston River Sebastian Vettel.

He left Sauber in 2009 and had stints in F3 and DTM before joining the Porsche WEC team as Head of Track Engineering in 2012, working alongside Seidl.

He returned to BMW in an engineering position in 2014, and rose to the position of Head of Racing, Testing, Operations and Organization Engineering in 2018.

Crack will work under the supervision of team owner Lawrence Stroll and group CEO Martin Whitmarsh, who was appointed late last year.

Marcin Budkowski, whose departure from the Alps was announced yesterday, was previously linked with the role of Aston.

“Aston Martin is one of the greatest car brands in the world,” said Crack.

“Having been asked to play a leading role in achieving success on the track so well deserved by such a illustrious name is a challenge that I plan to embrace with vigor and enthusiasm.

“I’ve been in motorsports for over 20 years, and I worked in Formula 1 with Seb Vettel in 2006 and 2007 when I was an engineer at BMW Sauber and was the team’s test driver.

“I have great respect for his speed and ability, and it would be great to meet him. Lance Stroll is a very fast and talented driver as well, with the 100 Grands Prix under his name, and I am very much looking forward to working with him closely.

“I have always liked Team Silverstone. It is full of talented people and real racers. The culture and values ​​of this racer are what is needed to succeed in motorsport – I know that and my new teammates at Aston Martin know that too. We are going to work very hard. We want to win. Together, we will.”

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Whitmarsh said: “Mike Crack is exactly the right kind of dynamic, modern team manager, who by working with our other senior leaders under Lawrence and my overall guidance, as well as with our ever-growing team of skilled and committed staff, has made the F1 World Championship success that we at Aston Martin are. Determined to achieve it.

Having worked in very senior motorsport positions at both BMW and Porsche, backed by an engineering background in F1 with Sauber, Mike has the combination of experience and expertise that makes him the ideal choice for us.

“He works well with the drivers, having prioritized this aspect of his role at BMW in recent years, as well as with the engineers, because he speaks their language.”

Lawrence Stroll added: “We are hiring great people every week. The construction of our new plant is going very well. We have an impressive list of great sponsoring partners. We are about to embark on the second year of our five-year plan, the goal of which is to win the Formula 1 World Championship.

“All the components we need come together. Mike will play a key and leadership role, reporting to Martin Whitmarsh and leading our technical and operational functions, and our collective goal is to realize those lofty ambitions. We’re on our way.”

BMW has quickly acted on the appointment of Krack’s successor by naming Andreas Roos as the new head of motorsport programs, starting on February 1.

Roos has been appointed by Audi, who was previously responsible for its DTM efforts before taking on project management for the factory’s motorsport division, including the upcoming LMDh project and the Dakar Rally programme.

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