Otmar Szafnauer is no longer team principal and CEO of the Aston Martin Formula 1 team. The British racing team announced this on Wednesday (January 5th). “Otmar Szafnauer has left the company and his role at Aston Martin will be managed within the management team until a successor is appointed,” said a statement from the team, for which Sebastian Vettel has been driving since 2021.
Szafnauer has worked for the Silverstone-based team since 2009, which previously competed in Formula 1 under the names Force India and Racing Point. The 57-year-old’s departure from Aston Martin comes as no surprise. Research by ‘Motorsport.com’ had already shown in November that Szafnauer was about to switch to the rival Alpine team.
When asked, Szafnaur had asserted at the time that he had “no intention” to leave Aston Martin. As we now know, this was only lip service.
“We would like to thank him for the service he has rendered to the team over the past twelve years and we wish him all the best for the future, in which he will undoubtedly face new challenges,” said Aston Martin in the official announcement. that Szafnauer will stay with Formula 1.
When looking for a successor, Aston Martin does not want to rush into anything. “Fortunately, we are led and managed by a strong group of individuals and we are happy to take some time to explore options before announcing a new team structure. The team is currently focused on preparing the most competitive car possible for the start of the 2022 season. “
An internal solution is also conceivable. In September, Aston Martin had signed Martin Whitmarsh, the former team boss of the Formula 1 racing team McLaren, as CEO for the technology division.
With images from Motorsport Images.