Aston Martin F1 Team Boss Otmar Szafnauer Walks Away After Lackluster 2021 Season

After 13 years with the team, Szafnauer has been linked to a potential deal with Alpine

After financing a buyout of the Competing Factor group in 2020, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll installed the Aston Martin Racing name on the F1 team his child Lance drives for. Ever since he has additionally made waves by financing a new headquarters for the group on the grounds of Silverstone– which ought to be completed in the middle of following year– shitcanning Sergio Perez for Seb Vettel, and also working with some of the most effective designers as well as aerodynamicists in the biz. It’s been an active 18 months for Walk, as well as it seems his adjustments to the team have not finished yet.

It was announced on Wednesday that Aston Martin team employer Otmar Szafnauer would step down from his role, departing from the group he’s worked for in various settings since 2009. With Szafnauer’s assistance, the group formerly known as Pressure India has actually finished from the also-ran years as Spyker to fourth-best vehicle on the grid in 2020. After securing rather of a fluke success at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, and coming close on a couple various other events, the Racing Point/Aston Martin group looked ready ahead out of the gate swinging in 2021. Unfortunately the group looked incredibly cold and hot out on the right track, running fairly well some weeks, then struggling to leave Q1 other weeks.

2021 was not kind to Aston Martin, and also it saw a decline in points from an excellent 195 in 2020 to simply 77 and 7th in the championship this year. The decline was so sudden that really couple of in fact saw it coming. Late in 2015 the group revealed that it would certainly be hiring Martin Whitmarsh, previously of McLaren, as the brand-new CEO, and lots of believed this would certainly indicate Szafnauer was looking elsewhere. At that time he emphatically rejected any separation, claiming he was rather satisfied to remain at Aston Martin. He even went so far regarding assert he “can have left often times” but was “devoted to the staff members.”

It isn’t yet known whether the departure was a shooting or a resignation, as well as maybe we never ever will understand. Aston Martin has specified it is eager to be fighting for champions within this decade, as well as agrees to do whatever is needed to get there. Did it, as well as by it I imply Lawrence Stroll, establish that this was only feasible with Otmar outmar?

Is Aston Martin mosting likely to make out much better with the new 2022 guidelines? We’ll need to wait a couple of months to discover the answer to that. It would seem that the group’s future is Lance Walk, however I don’t truly see him ever before fighting for globe championships without either a severe technological advantage or a huge rise in talent.