Norbert Haug, the former Mercedes competition boss, has bad news for the hopeful German marque.
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Mercedes is bidding to shed its “conservative” image, new director and team co-owner Toto Wolff has revealed.
Over the winter, it has been all change at the German team; swapping Michael Schumacher with Lewis Hamilton, Norbert Haug with Austrian Wolff and Niki Lauda, and soon set to push ahead with McLaren’s ex technical chief Paddy Lowe.
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has played down expectations ahead of Mercedes’ fourth-consecutive season as a works formula one team.
Bernie Ecclestone has suggested Mercedes can cope without its current team boss Ross Brawn.
It has been rumoured Briton Brawn could be pushed out of the Brackley based team altogether, or confined to a merely technical directorship, in the wake of the arrival of Austrian chiefs and shareholders Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda.
Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of the German marque’s parent Daimler, says Mercedes must be pushing for the world championship by 2014.
Admitting that the appointments of Lewis Hamilton and Niki Lauda, and the departure of Norbert Haug, were because of Mercedes’ lack of recent success, he also acknowledged that the silver team will not be in a title-winning position this year.
Norbert Haug has admitted he is stepping down due to Mercedes’ lack of success as a works team since 2010.
But in an interview with Germany’s Bild daily, he denied reports he is being made a scapegoat. “No, I’m not,” said Haug, who served as the German marque’s motor sport vice president for more than two decades.
Michael Schumacher has admitted his fitness could slip now that he is returning to retirement.
But the great seven time world champion, who after almost two decades on the F1 grid is now retiring for a second time, told his fans not to worry about him. “Why would anyone worry what Michael Schumacher is going to do when he stops?” the 43-year-old is quoted by RTL.
Norbert Haug fell on his sword due to Mercedes’ failure to succeed in its first three years, Niki Lauda has confirmed.
Following last week’s shock news, many sensed the new non-executive chairman Lauda’s influence when it was announced that Haug is stepping down after 22 years in charge at the German marque. But the great Austrian insists he was as surprised as anyone.