Haug believes that Mercedes will be 2014 title contenders 11 September, 2013 Norbert Haug with Lewis Hamilton Beating Red Bull to the Formula 1 World Championship will in 2013 be “virtually impossible” for rival teams, former Mercedes boss Norbert Haug admits but says that the silver Arrows are well positioned for 2014.. The 60-year-old, who was replaced as the German marque’s motor racing president by Toto Wolff for 2013 and beyond, tipped Mercedes to give the reigning world champions a run for their money next year. “I think Mercedes will be very well positioned,” Haug told Servus TV. “It also took Red Bull five years to build the team. This is the fourth one for Mercedes and I think [that] so far everything is on schedule. “I believe [that] next year [they] will be for fighting for the world title,” he told the Austrian broadcaster. Also on the Servus TV programme, Haug was asked about Gerhard Berger’s recent claim that pursuing more overtaking with the ‘DRS’ innovation was a mistake for F1. “It was pursued for good intentions,” Haug agreed, “but in retrospect, you have to wonder if it is still real overtaking when one has his wing open and the other does not. “It was done at a time when the races were boring, but maybe now we could say that we overshot the target,” he added. (GMM.) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsHorner: Ricciardo’s good form a factor in Vettel moveBriatore: Alonso got tired of Ferrari empty promisesFurbato: The revolution at Ferrari is impressiveHartstein: FIA came to my workplace to try get me firedFerrari blocked Montezemolo from being F1 boss2014 showed the good, the bad and the ugly of Formula 1German bank sues Ecclestone for €345 millionFormula 1 set for another engine revolution in 2016Jock Clear leaves Mercedes for FerrariEcclestone takes swipe at trial outcome with Christmas card Faceman Sincerely hope he and Brawn end up over at Williams!!!