Aston Martin announces the departure of Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer


Aston Martin has announced that team principal Otmar Szafnauer has left the Formula 1 squad with immediate effect …

It is not yet clear where Szafnauer, who has been with the Silverstone-based squad for 12 years under their former names of Force India and Racing Point, will go to.

Reports in November linked him to a shock move against midfielder rival Alpine – but he said at the time he had “no plans to leave” his current squad.

But on Wednesday, Aston Martin revealed that Szafnauer is gone and that his role “will be managed within the management team until a replacement is appointed”.

They added: “We would like to thank him for the service rendered to the team over the past 12 years and wish him good luck for the future as he will undoubtedly face new challenges.

“Fortunately, we are led and managed by a strong group of individuals, and we are comfortable taking some time to explore the 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.”

Last September, Aston Martin revealed that former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh is returning to Formula 1 as group general manager of Aston Martin Performance Technologies.

Szafnauer said at the time that Whitmarsh’s arrival should allow him to focus his efforts fully on the racing team.


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