Mercedes boss says team committed to F1

Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 26 February 2010.

Norbert Haug

Aug.9 (GMM) Mercedes is still committed to formula one, the German marque’s competition boss Norbert Haug insists.

Despite reuniting Ferrari‘s old ‘dream team’ of Michael Schumacher alongside Ross Brawn after buying Brawn GP for a fully works effort in 2010, the Brackley based outfit has now turned its attention almost exclusively to next year’s title challenge.

So although the desired results have not come in 2010, Haug says the Mercedes paymasters remain committed to the sport.

“We’ve cut our budget drastically and we are still in F1, while other manufacturers have left,” Haug is quoted by L’Equipe. “We still think it is a good investment, even though our results have not been positive. When you win titles, you know how to win them again.”

“The most important thing now is to stick together, and that is what we intend to do,” added the German.

Haug continued: “Obviously we are not where we want to be, but quite often this is how F1 works. I’ve been in the business for a while, and Ross has as well. I know that this team has the potential to do better. Currently we are not strong enough, but I am convinced that with a bit of time, we can catch up.”