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Mike Krack, Team Principal, Aston Martin F1 Team, on the pit wall
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How Aston Martin's "filter" defied Berger criticism to thrive in F1 leadership

Aston Martin's leap in competitiveness has been one of the biggest talking points in the 2023 Formula 1 season. And, while he takes very little of the credit for its success, Mike Krack has been a reassuring presence at the helm after joining the Silverstone team from BMW on the eve of 2022, proving wrong a very public doubter in the process...

A year and a half ago, when Aston Martin's appointment of a new team principal left many in Formula 1 wondering "Mike who?", Gerhard Berger came to the rescue. The 10-time grand prix winner, who in his role as DTM boss had seen Mike Krack lead the BMW project, felt it necessary to offer his own insight.

"I just don't see the way forward for Aston Martin with him," said the Austrian during an impromptu media briefing organised by the DTM communications team during Berger's visit to the F1 test in Bahrain, just days after Krack took up his new job. "In all the years I've been there now, [BMW has] never been really consistently competitive.

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