Aston Martin has announced the departure of Otmar Szafnauer ahead of the start of the 2022 F1 season after 12-years with the team.

Szafnauer has been confirmed to leave Aston Martin from his CEO and team principal role ahead of the 2022 F1 season, thereby ending his 12-years relation with the Silverstone based outfit where he held his position under different guises.

Speculation of him leaving Aston Martin were high towards the end of 2021 F1 season as he put down the story done by AutoHebdo who first noted about a possible switch to Alpine. Szafnauer maintained his long-term deal, but didn’t give a definitive answer.

He kept his stance over the course of the last few races but with weeks gone now, Aston Martin has made his departure official. He will not be replaced immediately as the current leadership will share the responsibilities, but discussions are on for his replacement.

“Otmar Szafnauer has left the Company and his role at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team will be managed within the leadership team until a replacement is appointed,” stated a statement. “We would like to thank him for the service provided to the team over the past 12 years and wish him well for the future as he will undoubtedly take on new challenges.

“Fortunately, we are led and managed by a strong group of individuals, and we are comfortable to take a little time to explore options before announcing a new team structure. The focus of the team is currently on preparing the most competitive car possible for the start of the 2022 season.”

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