Stuck blames Brawn for Mercedes failures

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 announces his retirement at the end of the 2012 season with Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director and Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal. Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday 4 October 2012.Hans-Joachim Stuck, president of the German motorsport association, has come out in defence of departed Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug and at the same time dished out harsh criticism at the Silver Arrows team principal Ross Brawn.

Former F1 driver Stuck told Speedweek, “Brawn is solely to blame for the failures in F1 [by Mercedes]. The car was just not fast enough. McLaren clearly demonstrated the ability of the Mercedes engine. Even a small team like Force India ran … the Mercedes engines with great success.”

“The departure of Norbert Haug is a huge loss for motorsport,” claimed Stuck. “He was not ultimately the one who designed the car. The car was the responsibility of team boss Ross Brawn. Haug was the one who put Mercedes on the motorsport map again through DTM and with the F1 project.

Haug resigned from his post late last year after coming to a “mutual agreement” with Mercedes. Niki Lauda has been drafted in to be part of the team’s senior management with Lewis Hamilton signed up from McLaren to partner Nico Rosberg in the team. (GP247)

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  • T.C.

    Brawn (as a technical director) has won 9 Constructors titles. Haug during his time in the Mercedes partnership with Mclaren has only only won the constructors three times. I think I would listen to Brawn over Haug any day. I think Stuck should be pointing the finger of blame in the direction of the Mercedes Chief Designers, who clearly have been sleeping on the job.

  • Ian

    I agree, TC. Ross Braun’s long record is impeccable & for Stuck to point an accusatory finger indicates that he’s being more political than technical. No one seems to know exactly why Norbert Haug had to go, maybe Niki Lauda’s the one to answer that? The team definitely needed a shakeup, but I suspect that losing Schumacher will prove to be the greatest gain. The car was developed to suit Michael, which was a mistake. Also, too much emphasis was placed on the double-DRS system, which held the car back on other technical aspects, especially rear tire wear. Braun will be well aware of all this, and with the arrival of Lewis Hamilton alongside Nico Rosberg, he will be looking for much better solutions from his tech staff, to give the drivers competitive machinery. And then there’s 2014 looming ahead…

  • Aileen

    Everyone is waiting for Mercedes to be regular winners…their problem is the team management…they are not letting Ross to run the team.Norbert is gone, and Lauda I’m quite sure will be quite forceful to the Mercedes board, regarding a necessary increase for the F1 Budget The bosses have already stated they are not increasing the funding for the team.. Now if you see. Ross Brawn has a history of success in F1, especially with Ferrari and we saw what happened under his own Brawn brand in 2009.With all that in mind, how can we say with any certainty that Mercedes can’t come back to surprise us again? After all, they have made a habit of doing just that for over a century.Norbert Haug says Mercedes departure is due to poor results. But how many engineers have they cleared out having realized they had too many cooks ? There can’t be many more excuses left for the team…they couldn’t give Schumacher a good car as promised…they screwed up his careerer ..Now Lets see if Lauda working with Ross will make a difference rather than through Norbert. Hans Joachim Stuck, yes!Right!! you can put the blame on Ross but the fact of the matter is Mercedes pushed Micahel out .I am sure 2013 F1 Race will not be the same without Michael Schumacher. Fans round the world will miss him.

  • assad

    Mercedes will be a dark horse this year, I wish schumacher was still around at least till this year to enjoy the fruits of success at his Mercedes project.