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

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

Last updated: 05/01/22 11:29

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 leader after the Silverstone-based company was taken over by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll in 2018.

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

“We would like to thank him for his service to the team over the past 12 years and wish him the best for the future as he will undoubtedly face new challenges,” reads a statement from Aston Martin.

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

“The team’s goal is currently to prepare the most competitive car possible for the start of the 2022 season.”

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

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