Krack not first choice as Aston Martin F1 boss

"At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me"

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By GMM

14 March 2022 - 09:58
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Mike Krack wasn’t the only candidate to become the new team boss at Aston Martin for 2022.

The Dutch publication Formule 1 claims that after losing Otmar Szafnauer to Alpine, Aston Martin put the feelers out to Graham Watson.

New Zealander Watson is the team manager at Alpha Tauri - the second Red Bull-owned F1 team.

"At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me," Watson said.

"After going quiet for a while, my wife asked me what’s going on. I said they want me to be the team principal at Aston Martin."

Watson, 54, asked the Silverstone based team for a day to think it over.

Ultimately, he concluded: "A team boss sometimes has to twist the truth a bit - be very political. And frankly I am not.

"I’m a New Zealander. We are quite direct and say things as they are."

However, Watson has indeed taken on a brand new role in Formula 1 - working as the right-hand man for the sport’s managing director Ross Brawn.

"So far I like it very much - I feel at home here," he said.

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