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Aston Martin has confirmed the departure of its CEO and team principal Otmar Szafnauer.

Last year Szafnauer was rumoured to be in line for a move to rivals Alpine.

Aston Martin confirmed today Szafnauer “has left the company and his role at Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 Team will be managed within the leadership team until a replacement is appointed.”

The 57-year-old had been with the team since it competed as Force India.

“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,” Aston Martin’s statement continued.

“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.”

Szafnauer arrived in Formula 1 in 1999 as operations director for the new BAR team. He previously worked for Ford’s racing division in the USA. He subsequently worked for Jaguar and Honda before beginning a lengthy spell at Force India, which later became Racing Point and last year rebranded as Aston Martin.

The team has been on a major recruitment drive of late, hiring significant technical figures from several of their rivals. Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh was also hired as the Group CEO for Aston Martin Performance Technologies in September.

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