Team Principal Mike Krack joined the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team in March 2022, just ahead of its second campaign in the Championship. The challenge was a sizeable one: to lead the Silverstone-based team through its ambitious five-year plan. “I was flattered by the opportunity that I was offered,” Krack said shortly after his appointment. “We’re on a five-year plan — the infrastructure changes that are happening here are tremendous. Aston Martin has 
the UK’s first all-new Formula 1 headquarters built in 19 years, which clearly shows the ambition of Lawrence Stroll and the team.” 

 

Well versed in different aspects of motorsport through his 24-year career in the industry, Krack started as a Test Engineer for BMW in 1998. He rose to Chief Engineer for the BMW Sauber F1 Team within seven years before working in different engineering positions across F3, the German DTM series and the Le Mans Prototype (LMP1) Porsche programme between 2012 and 2014. 

 

Mike Krack, Sebastian Vettel and team

 

Returning to BMW's motorsport division in a managerial position in 2014, Krack oversaw the marque’s Formula E, IMSA and GT programmes, as well as its planned expansion into the new LMDh formula for IMSA & WEC, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Head of BMW Motorsport. Leaving the Munich-based manufacturer, the Luxembourg native  then began his role as head of the Aston Martin team.

 

“Having been in engineering for a very long time — in Formula 1 as well as Formula E and Hypercars — it gives you a very good overview of the key performance indicators that are needed for each different category,” Krack explains. “The team is everything. In Formula 1, we have a large headcount and we all have to pull on the same side of the rope. It’s a matter of bringing everyone together, and having the right spirit and the right attitude.”

 

Krack aims to take the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team to a whole new level. Its new 400,000sq ft headquarters are well underway, and the space will house the team’s design, manufacturing and marketing resource, as well as its first-ever wind tunnel and a state-of-the-art simulator. “The pressure is there,” he admits. “But I think you have to turn that into positive pressure. We want to succeed. It’s a huge challenge but we also have a huge opportunity. With the Aston Martin brand, we have all the ingredients that we need to be successful.”

 

This story is an extract from an article featured in the AMXX issue of Aston Martin magazine, out now. If you're not already a subscriber, visit magazine.astonmartin.com/magazine-subscription so that you can read the full story.

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