Haug: I’m not being made a scapegoat for Mercedes’ lack of success in F1

Norbert Haug with Niki Lauda

Norbert Haug with Niki Lauda

Dec.19 (GMM) Departing motorsport chief Norbert Haug has admitted that he is stepping down due to Mercedes‘ lack of success as a works Formula One team since 2010, but in an interview with Germany’s Bild daily, he denied reports that he is being made a scapegoat.

Michael Schumacher crashed out of the Singapore GP“No, I’m not,” said Haug, who served as the German marque’s motor sport vice president for more than two decades.

“If I had nothing to do with our failures in the last three years, then I would have nothing to do with our victory in China this year,” said the 60-year-old, “and I wouldn’t like that.”

But why has Haug been axed, and not the Brackley based team’s British principal, Ross Brawn?

“Because over 22 years I have borne the overall responsibility for motor sport at Mercedes, not Ross Brawn. I am ultimately his superior,” he insisted.

Haug said he accepts that he must take the responsibility.

“The basis of our car was good, but the development was poor to very poor,” he admitted.

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director celebrates on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, Sunday 15 April 2012.Haug denied rumours that he is actually quitting for health reasons.

“Thank god not,” the German insisted. “Almost three years ago to the day I had thyroid surgery, but since then I’m doing very well. I’m totally healthy,” he added.

He said he doesn’t know if his job will now be split into two roles – DTM and F1.

“I have no information. Maybe there is a very capable professional who can do much more than I can,” said Haug.

He played down suggestions that ex-drivers like Michael and Ralf Schumacher, or Mika Hakkinen, can fill his shoes.

“Honestly, I don’t think they were born to be in the office,” laughed Haug.

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  • muddles

    Anyone but Lauda mouth.
    What a back stabber he is

  • Stoner

    Haug will be missed in F1 :-(

  • Nemo

    Mercedes were certainly the most disappointing team of 2012.

  • JodyRenza

    Really hope Gerhard Berger replaces Haug…great loss for Mercedes,will miss him in DTM pits..!
    Will Niki Lauda do a better job than what he did at Jaguar??

  • Erich Lacher

    Gerhard Berger was in the front row in the begining of lasst F1
    season in dicussions against Kimi Räikkönen.

    Better position for Gerhard Berger is to concentate in Gluehwein Rezepte or Ferrari team im Jahre 2013.

    The big problem is Ferrari, but they have also same rules as other Teams.

    Because of super contacts with Ferrari he should help Maranello team. In that developement work could Berger help more.

  • Erich Lacher

    I am quite sure, the know how of Mercedes will stay in German
    hands also in the future.