Aston Martin Racing’s team principal Mike Krack has praised the efforts of his Aston Martin mechanics after the team bounced back after a nightmare Australian Grand Prix meeting to get points in last weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The opening three flyaways had been highly frustrating for the Silverstone-based team. They suffered from a myriad of problems that included Sebastian Vettel testing positive for Covid-19 and a general lack of pace that saw them rooted to the back with Williams.
Vettel’s return to action for Australia couldn't stop the team from reaching yet another nadir as both cars either broke down or crashed during the weekend, giving their mechanics a mountain of repair work as they raced against the clock to get them repaired in time for the race.
A return to Europe brought smiles back to the Aston Martin camp after Vettel dazzled in mixed conditions to finish eighth, with Lance Stroll adding to the Aston Martin cup of joy with tenth.
In a media session held after last Sunday’s race which included MotorLat, Krack thanked the entire team’s efforts after a nightmare Australia weekend with the Luxemborugan delving into the pre-race briefing he gave the team before the start.
“Australia was obviously very hard for all the people that worked really hard also in the factory; we had no spares anymore; we discussed it briefly in Melbourne. So before the race, we had a briefing with all the team, and we were saying that we had similar conditions on Friday, and we (the drivers and team members) did a very good job on Friday, in my opinion, to bring the car higher up then it really was deserving to.”
“Then we said ok, today is the same, so we start in P13 and P15, and maybe (with) the conditions, and if we do a job without (making) mistakes, others might make some then there is a chance to score. There was a very good reaction from (all of the team); we were super ready and super prepared back in Silverstone in mission control and here also. It was a great team effort today, and it was nice that we tried to make it happen like this, then it (actually) happens.”