Aston Martin F1 director Mike Krack sees his team reaching a stage where fighting for podiums and wins will no longer be a surprise in the future.
When Lawrence Stroll’s consortium decided to buy shares in Aston Martin Lagonda in 2020, leading to the team’s name change to what was once Racing Point, big plans were being made as the Aston Martin name would return to the Formula 1 starting grid in 2021.
There was a five-year plan to win the title, but as we enter the second year of this project, little progress has been made, in fact the opposite has happened.
Racing Point won one race and finished fourth in the championship in 2020, taking three additional podiums in the same year. And while Aston Martin finished just seventh last year, it currently sits ninth in 2022.
The British team has invested in a new factory and a new wind tunnel, as well as select staff. In addition to the arrival of Martin Whitmarsh, former CEO of McLaren F1, we can also highlight the recruitment of former Red Bull aerodynamics director Dan Fallows, as well as Eric Blandin, who previously operated within Mercedes F1.
While Krack stressed the fact that it takes time to establish a winning culture, he is confident that Aston Martin F1 will be able to deliver on its lofty ambitions.
“In the future, I see Aston Martin as a team where success will be the norm.” said the Luxembourger. “I see a team that won’t be surprised to finish on the podium or win races.”
“We have to get to a point where we will consistently get good results on the track, but we also have to believe in our ability to get there.”
“We’re talking about developing a winning culture here, which takes time, and that’s why we need to develop a fast car. Our journey has only just begun and there will be obstacles, but the fighting spirit of the Aston Martin F1 is second to none. It’s a team I’m very proud to be a part of and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Aston Matin F1 is already doing a lot for diversity and inclusion
To bring the culture back to the fore, Aston Martin F1 has stepped up with the introduction of a more progressive program in Formula 1. Why it’s so important that the discipline makes everyone feel good and how to make sure it happens a reality?
“It’s very important that everyone feels welcome. Everyone’s point of view should be respected, and everyone should be able to share their passion for the sport.”
“Our new factory will be finished in the first quarter of next year. Having everyone working on the same campus will change the dynamic within the team in 2023. People will feel more integrated – they will be able to have face-to-face discussions more easily and the space will be much more open, which will encourage interaction and dialogue. It’s all about collaboration and teamwork.”
“If an F1 team consists only of closed-minded people, it is difficult to find performance. But if it is full of open-minded people who know how to welcome different ideas, different approaches, it is much easier. Multiple mindsets are essential. a success, and that’s something we fully embrace as a team.”
“We demonstrated this with our ‘All in. All welcome. All celebrated’ campaign at the British Grand Prix, then with our work with Racing Pride in support of the LGBTQ+ community Our ‘Make a Mark’ programme, created with the our partner Cognizant, allows us to inspire the next generation of engineers and open the door to professional careers. in the automotive industry. Finally, we can mention our efforts to raise awareness about the underrepresentation of women in this sector.”
“We want to get to the point where people will say ‘wow, I want to be part of the Aston Martin F1 project. It’s a diverse team, made up of passionate people who share the same values as me and it’s a team where I feel welcome, where I feel like home. Really, that’s important, like home.”
“It’s already starting to happen, we’re seeing more and more green in the stands and more and more talent joining the team. In terms of what Formula 1 can do, I think the answer lies in the question ‘The sport you have to do more than just talk about it. What you do is more important than what you say, that’s how you gain credibility.”