Mike Krack has explained why he was missing from a special dinner ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, at which all of the team bosses met up for a cordial meal together.
Pictures circulated widely on social media after the dinner, with every team boss seemingly showing up. McLaren CEO Zak Brown was also in attendance, while Formula 1 itself was represented by CEO Stefano Domenicali.
However, it quickly became apparent that one of the bosses was missing, with Aston Martin's new Team Principal not in the picture.
Asked why Aston Martin had no representation at the dinner during the team bosses' press conferences on Saturday, Krack explained what had happened.
"Yeah, because I took the picture!" Krack joked to media, including RacingNews365.com.
With the mirror at the end of the room clearly showing that a member of the restaurant staff had taken the shot, Krack revealed the real reason.
"Seriously, I was not present," he confirmed.
"We had a little communication problem that prevented me from going, so that's the reason."
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With Aston Martin bouncing back from a horrible weekend in Australia to score a double points finish at Imola on Sunday, Krack praised his team for the response to their Melbourne disappointment.
"Australia was obviously very hard for all the people, and the people that work really, really hard at the factory," he said.
"So, before the race [at Imola], we had a briefing with all the team. We were saying we had similar conditions on Friday, and we did a very good job on Friday in my opinion - drivers and team - to bring the car higher up than it really was deserving of.
"We start in P13 and P15 and, maybe, if we do a job without mistakes and others might make some, then there is a chance to score.
"It was a very good reaction from all the team who were super ready, super prepared, back at Silverstone and at Mission Control.
"It was a great team effort and it was nice that we tried to make it happen like that, and then it does happen. It doesn't work always!"
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