Could Green be next in line to depart Aston Martin?


Aston Martin F1 is facing a management void following the announcement last week of the departure of CEO Otmar Szafnauer, but the team could be set for another high-profile exit.

Neither Aston Martin nor Szafnauer have offered any insight into the reasons for the split, but the team has said that it will take its time to explore its options regarding a restructuring of its management structure.

However, rumors – which should be taken with the usual grain of salt – are swirling that Aston Martin chief technical officer Andy Green is also considering leaving the British outfit.

Like Szafnauer, Green is a long-standing member of Team Silverstone, having joined the team under its Force India guise in 2010 as its director of engineering before being promoted to technical director a year later.

However, Green may have interpreted Aston's hiring of former Red Bull aero chief Dan Fallows as the proverbial writing on the wall, even if the latter is embroiled in a litigation case with his former employer that is delaying his arrival at Aston.

Nevertheless, successive departures of key leaders at Aston Martin - unless initiated by the team itself with subsequent replacements of the same expertise and proficiency in the works, or perhaps already signed up - would obviously not reflect well on the outfit's internal affairs.

However, Aston Martin F1 is engaged in a major and ambitious transformation under team owner Lawrence Stroll's guidance, an overhaul embodied by the construction of a new state-of-the-art factory and brand-new wind tunnel on its Silverstone campus.

So the changes may just be part of the Canadian billionaire's multi-year plan to build his team into a race winning and world championship contender.

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