Mercedes boss denies that Lauda pushed Schumacher out

(L to R): Niki Lauda (AUT) with Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP. Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 27 March 2010.Oct.5 (GMM) Norbert Haug has denied reports that Niki Lauda played a big role in Michael Schumacher being ousted from Mercedes to make way for Lewis Hamilton.

Sport Bild has suggested that Austrian legend and triple world champion Lauda, who is joining Mercedes as a non-executive chairman, pushed hard for the German marque to oust Schumacher in favour of McLaren‘s Hamilton.

The rumour goes that Schumacher might have played a role in Lauda departing Ferrari as a consultant in 1996, shortly after the now seven time world champion joined from Benetton.

Asked if the whole story is true, Mercedes’ Haug told the broadcaster ORF on Friday: “No, absolutely not.”

It has also been rumoured that Lauda’s new presence might have Haug and team boss Ross Brawn under pressure to keep their jobs, but Haug insisted Mercedes is “very proud” to welcome the F1 legend.

“We know and trust one another and I think this is another correct and important step in the right direction,” he said.

“Niki was instrumental in the Concorde negotiations, and also the commitment of Lewis Hamilton. It has all gone very well so far.”

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  • Disgusted with 2012

    If Lauda does what he has done with other teams, Michael is making the right move retire now and sever any relationship with Merc. It appears now that Lauda is to play the role of Daimler board mole and team guidance councilor? Yeah, that’s not going to add any stress to a team already on its heals, on top of signing up one of the most demanding drivers of all time to replace one of the greatest contributors of all time (beyond wheeling a car around the track). They know how to make press and improve their positioning within Daimler. The real test of this new blend of insanity will be whether they have improved their position on track. Hamilton + Lauda as team builders? Oh yeah, that’s gonna happen. It should be entertaining to watch this melt down.

  • Hawk

    Blah blah blah blah ……
    And who are you?

  • AlonsoFan

    Lauda is no legend 3 world titles and Schumacher 7 world your face Lauda.

  • lucciano

    Lauda, did nothing for Ferrari and likewise he will be of no use to Mercedes. Mercedes are a team that have too many chiefs and because of this the team has no clear direction. They also have three technical directors, who really don’t seem to be on the case and if anything the cars is going backwards. If things don’t go well for Hamilton he will be gone within two years, and judging by how long it’s taking Mercedes to solve their tyre wear issues (almost three seasons) the lightlyhood of them being championship contenders anything soon is looking doubtful.

  • chuch norris

    Alonso Fan wrote:
    Lauda is no legend 3 world titles and Schumacher 7 world your face Lauda.
    ok loudmouth.
    Thats 1 more than Alonso has. Lauda is a much bigger legend, wait for Rush 2013….