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Aston Martin

Krack: 'No plans' to bring new people to Aston Martin

Aston Martin's new team boss Mike Krack has a wealth of contacts from across the motorsport community. But, despite Aston Martin embarking on an ambitious hiring spree, the Luxembourger says he has no plans to make wholesale changes to team personnel.

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Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack says he does not intend to recruit to the team from within his existing network of contacts.

The Luxembourger joined Aston Martin in January after many years working in senior motorsport management positions with BMW and Porsche.

Krack's recruitment at Aston Martin is the latest in a series of high-profile appointments to the Silverstone-based team, which has ambitions to be challenging for the title by 2025.

However, Krack dismissed the notion that he would seek to headhunt existing contacts to join him at Aston Martin.

"I have no plan to bring in new people," assured Krac as he spoke to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I have a network from Porsche and BMW, and the motorsport community is not very large. [But] an OEM structure is a little bit different than an F1 team, and not everybody that works well in an OEM works well in F1.

"From my network, there are a couple of people that I think are very good. But it would be wrong to come here on day two and say we need to bring [them on board].

"It's more important to see what structure we have here, the strengths and weaknesses, and there are really, really good people here.

"If we need [to fill] a certain function or role, and we know someone from our network, then I will make a suggestion and I will push to have the right people in, but it is not at all that I would like to get people exchanged for people that I know."

Krack talks up teamwork, man-management skills

Before joining Aston Martin, Krack had not worked in F1 for more than a decade, having left BMW Sauber in January 2009 after eight years at the Hinwil-based outfit.

Asked what he felt his strengths as Team Principal would be, the Luxembourger talked up his teamwork and man-management abilities.

"I think I can manage to form teams that work well together," said Krack.

"You can have very bright individuals and they never work well together, whereas sometimes it's more important to have teamwork than the ultimate individuals.

"It's this fine balance between having good people but also having them together because the team is everything.

"In F1, we have a large headcount, and we all have to pull on the same side of the rope - not only the race team but everybody who is involved - the full headcount at the factory and everything.

"So it's a matter of bringing them together, having the right spirit, and having the right attitude.

"In the past, that helped me in my career, and the engineering background is something which enables you to really understand what's happening, and to focus on the right areas."

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