Szafnauer, who has lengthy served as the boss of the Silverstone-essentially essentially based completely F1 squad from its Power India and Racing Level days, modified into as soon as now not too lengthy ago joined at Aston Martin by feeble McLaren F1 chief Martin Whitmarsh as Community CEO.
Szafnauer took to Instagram to call the reviews “pure media hypothesis and now not according to reality” on Thursday night. Aston Martin had also spoke back to a question for comment by calling it “speculative conjecture”.
It resulted in a grilling for Szafnauer about his future for the duration of Friday’s FIA press conference at Interlagos, at some stage whereby he acknowledged he modified into as soon as “as bowled over as any one else” to read the reviews.
“It’s repeatedly humbling and flattering to claim if Alpine are reorganising, I mediate [Alpine CEO] Laurent Rossi acknowledged that in Mexico, for the media to speculate that I will likely be wished there,” Szafnauer acknowledged. “It’s repeatedly nice to be wished.”
Asked by Motorsport.com if he could possibly per chance categorically dispute he would be with Aston Martin subsequent year, Szafnauer acknowledged: “I have been on the crew for 12 years, I in actual fact haven’t any scheme of leaving.
“I love this crew. Many of the senior managers, especially via Racing Level, the senior leadership crew modified into as soon as recruited and set apart there by myself, and I in actual fact haven’t any intentions of leaving them.
“I have been right to this crew. I’ve had many, many offers within the 12 years that I have been working for this crew, especially within the times of the chapter and insolvency.
“I could possibly per chance need left repeatedly, but I’m right to the workers there.”
In the path of the leisure of the click conference, Szafnauer modified into as soon as given a preference of alternatives to at as soon as snort he had been in contact with Alpine or could possibly per chance join them in due path, but fell short of doing so.
Otmar Szafnauer, Crew Necessary and CEO, Aston Martin F1, is interviewed
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Szafnauer modified into as soon as requested if he modified into as soon as absolutely now not joining Alpine at any stage in due path, to which he spoke back: “I learned a lengthy, very lengthy time ago that predicting the future is an impossibility. And if I could possibly per chance enact that, I’d be in Vegas now.”
Szafnauer acknowledged he had now not spoken in regards to the reviews with Aston Martin crew owner Lawrence Stroll, but felt definite they would steal up at some level soon.
“We haven’t talked about rumours,” Szafnauer acknowledged. “There’s many of stuff that goes on within the media that we don’t focus on.”
Without reference to being “reticent to portray contractual facts”, Szafnauer did verify that he had “a lengthy-term contract in set apart with Aston” when requested by Motorsport.com if he had a deal for subsequent year.
Szafnauer renowned that “many, many teams” had contacted him about a possible job this year when requested if he’d had contact with Alpine, and then referred to a press conference which took place seven months ago that he thought could possibly per chance need sparked the reviews.
“I mediate it modified into as soon as, I modified into as soon as sitting subsequent to Laurent Rossi when [Jonathan] McEvoy requested if Aston Martin were recruiting a CEO to steal my job, and I knew nothing of that,” Szafnauer acknowledged.
“Jokingly, Rossi acknowledged, ‘ah, whenever you happen to could possibly per chance also be leaving, reach search recommendation from us’, and that modified into as soon as about it. I construct now not know if that is what sparked the Auto Hebdo article.”
Szafnauer added: “Treasure I acknowledged, I’m absolutely dedicated to the crew I’m in. I have been there eternally. I in actual fact haven’t any intentions of leaving.
“I’ve got to middle of attention on the leisure of the season. The season hasn’t long gone quite to what we thought it modified into as soon as going to, how it modified into as soon as going to hurry.”