Jan.19 - Mike Krack admits the harshness of the political climate in Formula 1 was a surprise.

The 50-year-old started his Formula 1 as a race engineer over 20 years ago, but last year replaced Otmar Szafnauer as team boss at Aston Martin.

"I admit I was surprised by the small details reported in Formula 1," Krack told Germany's Sport1. "The media is then often used to engage in politics."

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One example, he says, is when the budget cap was tweaked last year to correct for raging inflation, with his fellow bosses unanimously agreeing in a meeting.

"And yet a team boss immediately ran to the media to complain that the increase was not high enough," said Krack.

He says politics will always be a fact of life in Formula 1, "but I prefer to talk about the sport".

"The fans are interested in lap times and less in budgets or parts that are too flexible. But maybe I'm just not a politician," said the Luxembourger.

"One thing is certain - you shouldn't take everything too seriously, and you must always remain calm."

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  1. ReallyOldRacer

    Over 20 yrs in F1 and still surprised at the political rancor? Naivete or simply a nice guy, Mr. Krack had best wake up and smell the coffee.


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