F1: Aston Martin’s crack is still smiling after a bad start

Aston Martin's German driver Sebastian Vettel recovers from a derailment during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix on May 29, 2022 at the Monaco Monaco Street Circuit.  (Photo by Andrej Isakovic / AFP)

Aston Martin’s German driver Sebastian Vettel recovers from a derailment during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix on May 29, 2022 at the Monaco Monaco Street Circuit. (Photo by Andrej Isakovic / AFP)

LONDON – New Aston Martin team boss Mike Crack’s season has taken a turn for the worse, like Formula One drivers struggling to control their bouncing cars in times of change, but he’s still smiling.

Luxemburger, 50, replaced Renault-owned Alpine principal Otmar Safnavar in the Silverstone-based team last January.

“I didn’t expect it to be easy,” he told Reuters in Monaco over the weekend. “It’s a rough environment, you don’t have to be stupid.

“But I’m fine, I’m still smiling so okay.”

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was eliminated from the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19, co-German Nico Halkenberg, and then he crashed in Australia on Saturday and Sunday.

After three races, Aston Martin is the only team that has yet to score a point.

In Spain, they have been embroiled in controversy, creating a new-look car that closely resembles the Red Bull’s race-winning car, although the ruling FIA has cleared it.

Red Bull, who lost some top tech workers to Aston Martin, promised to search for the leaked data but Crack announced the matter was closed.

“Honestly, I don’t expect much more. I think we will focus on ourselves, “he said. “I don’t think their investigation will lead to anything and I think there will be a championship fight to get their attention.”

“We’re not really worried because we didn’t do anything wrong.”

Eddie Jordan, the founder of the original Silverstone-based team that has been transformed into Aston Martin through many identities, was welcomed to his first team boss meeting with ‘Welcome to Piranha Club’.

The game has shown unity in recent years, with teams seemingly pulling together for the common good, but the crack has detected a shake of that original consciousness.

“It was a reflection of me, too,” he said, referring to whether rivals saw Aston Martin, the owner of Lawrence Stroller, the father of driver Lance and the deep-pocketed billionaire.

“If they talk about you, you are alive and you are there and that means there is a reason behind the accusation or the attack. I take it as a compliment. “

Aston Martin is only ninth after seven races but Crack had no doubt that the modified car would change.

“It simply came to our notice then. We can still be world champions mathematically, “he joked.” We’re not giving up.

“We have good people, we took the first step with a change of mind and it shows how well the team can analyze and respond; We are not too proud to change direction, “he added. “I would be surprised if we could finish the season where we are now.”

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