Sebastian Vettel, Barcelona 2022
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Aston Martin’s new team boss says he wants to convince Sebastian Vettel to sign a new contract for 2023 and beyond.
German Mike Krack, whose working relationship with Vettel dates back to his BMW days, has been brought back into Formula 1 by Aston Martin to replace Otmar Szafnauer, bound for Alpine.
“I hope my presence will be enough for him to stay,” Krack told Auto Motor und Sport.
“It is clear that a four-time world champion does not want to race for 8th, 12th or 15th place. We have to give him a good car and show him that we have a good working structure.
“Sebastian is a smart guy,” Krack added. “He’s not just looking at current performance, but at potential. If we give him the right package, I’m sure we can keep him for longer.
“But I haven’t spoken to him about it yet.”
Indeed, Vettel has also answered pre-season questions about his next moves beyond his expiring contract, but Krack believes he knows how to convince the German driver.
“It’s important that these top drivers feel the support of the team,” he said.
“It is particularly important that it is explained to them honestly and transparently where we are and what we expect.
“You don’t have to call them every day. They just have to feel the confidence.”
Krack has hit back at reports suggesting it was in fact Vettel who lured the highly respected former BMW and Porsche engineer to F1.
“No, not at all,” he told Speed Week. “I only spoke to Seb after signing. I wanted to get an unbiased photo first.
“Furthermore, negotiations for such a role are subject to strict rules of confidentiality. So no, there were no discussions with Vettel.”
Krack also confirmed rumors that Aston Martin could consider parting ways with Mercedes and creating its own engine division ahead of rule changes in 2026.
“We are very happy with our current partner,” he insists, “but especially with the 2026 rules, it’s obvious that a company like Aston Martin will check whether it makes sense to develop an engine in-house.”