Krack: Aston 'credible and acting' in F1 while rivals 'talk'

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Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack says his team walks the walk in Formula 1, while its mid-field rivals just "talk".

Under the stewardship of Canadian billionaire and Aston Martin executive chairman Lawrence Stroll, the Silverstone-based outfit is on a self-proclaimed path to the front of the grid where it intends on fulfilling its ambition of becoming a championship winning team in the future.

Stroll has been supporting his and Aston's aspirations with a comprehensive financial and build-up plan that includes a state-of-the-art new factory and wind tunnel that are currently under construction, and the recruitment of key engineering personnel, not to mention his poaching from Alpine of two-world champion Fernando Alonso.

Krack insists Aston's actions are well aligned with its ambitions and rhetoric.

"The green team stands out because we are expanding, we are very serious about our ambitions", he told Spain's AS.

"It’s not just words, we are building a new headquarters, a new wind tunnel, we have hired a lot of very good people.

"It’s a matter of making everything work together, but the potential of our project is absolutely real.

"There are teams that say yes, that in three years they will be winning, that in a hundred races they will be winning, but what are they doing to win?"

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Krack's remarks appeared to be directed at McLaren and Alpine, two teams that comprehensively outpaced Aston last season.

McLaren racing boss Zak Brown has often cited 2025 as the year when the papaya squad will have no excuses if it isn't fighting at the front, while Alpine chief Laurent Rossi spoke publicly in 2021 about the French outfit's "100-race project" that should transform 'les bleus' into a championship contender.

For now, both teams have an upper hand over Aston but Krack is convinced that Team Silverstone will in time catch up and overhaul its rivals, a prospect apparently shared by Alonso who required little convincing to join Aston.

"That’s why Fernando was clear about it so quickly, in fact we didn’t even have to convince him, he already knew it. He has his contacts everywhere," said Krack.

"We are credible, we are not only talking, we are acting."

Alonso remains a force to be reckoned with in F1, with the right equipment. But there's no denying that at 41, the years may start to weigh on the Spaniard.

"You say that he doesn’t have many years left in F1, I’m not sure that he agrees with that," added Krack.

"If the motivation is there, plus the dedication, the physical and mental preparation, his talent and experience, I don’t think he has little time left."

Krack suggests that the two-time world champion is still a match for the best if Aston provides him with a machine worthy of his talent.

"In a car identical to everyone else’s, in the front row," said the Aston team boss when asked what his new driver can achieve.

"The main task is to provide a car that is capable of doing that for Fernando. If we produce it, he will put it where it should be."

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