Haug quits post as head of Mercedes motorsport

Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director. Formula One Testing, Day 3, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 20 February 2011.

Norbert Haug

Dec.13 (Mercedes) After more than 22 years as Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Daimler AG Vice President Norbert Haug will conclude his career at the end of 2012. His contract will come to an end by mutual agreement with the Board of Management. Preparations for the forthcoming season continue as planned.

(L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1, Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director, and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, Sunday 15 April 2012.

Norbert Haug has led the Motorsport division of Mercedes-Benz since 1 October 1990. In that time, Mercedes-Benz and its partners won six Formula One World Championship titles and took 87 F1 victories. In the DTM, Mercedes teams won a total of 32 titles under Haug’s leadership.

Since the first title win in 1992, Mercedes-Benz has won 54% of all DTM races and about 60% of all DTM titles (drivers/manufacturers/teams). During that period of time Mercedes-Benz has competed in 986 races in total (Formula One, Champ Car, GT, Group C, Formula 3) under Haug’s leadership and won 439 of them (45.4%).

“Norbert Haug was the face of the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport programme for more than 20 years. For me, he put his stamp on a whole era and, as a highlight, he was responsible for the successful comeback of the Silver Arrows to F1. In the name of the Board of Management and the whole motorsport family, I would like to thank Norbert for his extraordinary commitment to the three-pointed star,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars and CEO of Daimler AG.

Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) and Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Owner. Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2006. DIGITAL IMAGE“I would like to thank the best car company in the world for more than 22 years, which never had a single moment without passion for me. I particularly wish to thank the Board for the trust and freedom they have always given me with all my activities. Since 1991, we had tremendous achievements and wins, for which I want to thank all of my colleagues. Unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own F1 works team in 2010, we couldn’t fulfil our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will do everything to achieve these goals,” said Haug.

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  • hillside

    Haug and Brawn was not a good fit!

  • JodyRenza

    Wonder what the truth is with Haug resigning…great loss for Mercedes & specially F1..

  • McLarenfan

    And who is wondering if he is leaving by way of the front door or has Lauda pushed him

  • Not Bernie

    Norbert Haug, from what I’ve seen, has only ever been a force for good within motorsport. There seems to be so many drivers that he’s helped advance their careers via Norbert. And let’s not forget that it was Mercedes who went to the aid of Brawn when they lost their Honda engine.

    I wish him well with whichever direction his future takes him.