Mike Krack, the former head of BMW’s motorsport operation, has taken over the role of team principal of the Aston Martin F1 team following the departure of Otmar Szafnauer earlier this month.
Krack oversaw BMW’s Formula E, GT and IMSA programs, as well as its planned expansion into the new LMDh formula for IMSA and WEC. Prior to that, he held a senior motorsport role at Porsche, having begun his career with Sauber in Formula 1.
“This was not an easy decision for me,” said Krack. “I have spent a large portion of my professional life at BMW and have grown incredibly fond of the brand and my colleagues over all these great years. I would like to say thank you for everything we have achieved together through the many different projects. However, it has always been a dream of mine to return to Formula 1 one day – and now I have been given the chance to do that. I would like to thank BMW M for supporting me along this path and enabling a smooth handover to my successor. I wish Andreas Roos luck and am in no doubt that BMW M Motorsport will be successful under his leadership.
“Team Silverstone has always impressed me,” he added. “It is full of talented people and real racers. That racer’s culture and values are what is required to succeed in motorsport – I know that and my new colleagues at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team know it, too. We will work incredibly hard. We want to win. Together, we will.”