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Otmar Szafnauer: Aston Martin Formula One CEO and team principal departs

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Otmar Szafnauer joined Aston Martin in 2009 when team was known as Force India; Szafnauer had been linked with a move to rivals Alpine

Last Updated: 05/01/22 11:29am


Aston Martin have announced the departure of team boss Otmar Szafnauer.

Szafnauer, who originally joined what was then known as Force India in 2009, became team boss after the Silverstone-based outfit was taken over by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll in 2018.

Aston Martin say Szafnauer’s position “will be managed within the leadership team until a replacement is appointed”.

“We would like to thank him for the service provided to the team over the past 12 years and wish him well for the future as he will undoubtedly take on new challenges,” read an Aston Martin statement.

“Fortunately, we are led and managed by a strong group of individuals, and we are comfortable to take a little time to explore options before announcing a new team structure.

“The focus of the team is currently on preparing the most competitive car possible for the start of the 2022 season.”

Szafnauer had been linked with a move to rivals Alpine. He described initial reports about such a move at November’s Brazilian GP as “pure media speculation”.

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