Aston Martin’s Formula 1 racing team confirms the separation from team boss Otmar Szafnauer (57). Just a few weeks ago, the American with Romanian roots had denied that he was leaving Aston Martin.
The Aston Martin GP racing team starts the year 2022 with a bang: The Greens confirm the separation from team boss Otmar Szafnauer. Until a successor is found, Aston Martin announced, the racing team will be run by several team members.
The Romanian-born American Szafnauer worked for the Silverstone racing team for around twelve years. He has been linked to a position at Alpine since last fall.
Since a story by my colleague Jean-Michel Desnoues in the French weekly magazine AutoHebdo, the devil has broken loose: Otmar Szafnauer will quit his position as Sebastian Vettel’s team boss at Aston Martin to take on the same role at Alpine in 2022.
First of all, both racing teams returned the request to speak that they were not taking any position on gossip stories in principle. Afterwards Sebastian Vettel said: “I’ve only just heard of these rumors. I can only say – I get on very well with Otmar and he played a central role in my coming to Aston Martin. He is an important man with us. “
Szafnauer denied: “It’s flattering to connect with other teams. Laurent Rossi from Alpine spoke in Mexico about reorganizing the management, so it probably came about that I could be part of it. “
“I’ve been here for twelve years and I have no intention of leaving. I love this team. Most of the management got their posts through me. I will not let you down. I am loyal to this team. I’ve had a lot of offers in those twelve years, especially when we were insolvent. I could have easily gone there. “
But Szafnauer left a door open for himself: «I have learned for a long time – it is impossible to determine the future. If I could do that, I wouldn’t be here now, but in Las Vegas. “
Did Szafnauer have any contact with Alpine? Otmar: “This year alone, many teams approached me.”