Mike Krack envisions podiums and wins becoming the norm at Aston Martin

Jamie Woodhouse
Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, side-by-side. Hungary, July 2022.

Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, side-by-side at the Hungaroring. Hungary, July 2022.

Aston Martin principal Mike Krack believes the team will reach the stage where they are unsurprisingly taking podiums and wins.

When Lawrence Stroll’s consortium purchased a stake in Aston Martin Lagonda in 2020, leading to the rebranding of his Racing Point team, grand plans were laid out as the Aston Martin name returned to Formula 1 for the 2021 season.

A five-year plan was created with the goal of title success, but we are now into the second year of that journey and little progress has been made, quite the opposite in fact.

As, if anything, the Aston Martin team has actually slipped down the pecking order during that time.

 

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Racing Point signed off P4 in the 2020 Constructors’ Championship, winning one race and taking three further podiums that season, but Aston Martin find themselves P9 in the 2022 standings after 13 rounds.

Aston Martin have invested in a new wind tunnel, factory and personnel, including the likes of ex-McLaren Racing CEO Martin Whitmarsh, Red Bull’s former aero chief Dan Fallows and Krack himself, so when will the benefits of this investment start to show?

Well, Krack stressed that it takes time to build a winning culture, but it is such success which he sees waiting for Aston Martin down the line.

“In the future, I see Aston Martin F1 as a team where success is the norm,” he told the team’s website. “I see a team that’s not surprised to be on the podium, that’s not surprised to be winning races.

“We need to reach a point where we’re constantly delivering excellent results on the track, but also believe in our ability to do so.

“We’re talking about building a winning culture here – this takes time – and, first, we have to develop a faster car. Our journey has only just begun and there will be challenges, but the fighting spirit of Aston Martin F1 is second to none and born out of the passion of our people.

“It’s a team I’m incredibly proud to be a part of and I’m very excited for what the future holds.”

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There is good reason for optimism, but the current foundation at Aston Martin is concerning

Krack is definitely correct in saying that these things take time. The new factory and wind tunnel are nearing completion although not yet there, but anyway, these new assets will take a few seasons at least to start giving Aston Martin a return for their efforts.

And as far as the staff are concerned, Whitmarsh has been working with the team since October 2021, but other new high-profile acquisitions are only just starting to make their way through the door.

Fallows for example has only been working for the team for a matter of months, so the 2023 car is the earliest design which he could influence. It takes many years for all of the puzzle pieces to fall into place.

But, Aston Martin would have at least expected to see some progress at this stage. Mixing it up with the likes of Alpine and McLaren in 2022’s battle over P4 in the Constructors’ would have been a good building block, but they are far away from that conversation, their 20 points unable to stack up against Alpine’s 99 and McLaren’s 95 so far.

Their decline has been rather alarming, so it understandable why some would scoff at Aston Martin’s aims of moving to the top of Formula 1’s pecking order.