Krack not first choice as Aston Martin F1 boss
"At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me"
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.