Haug doubts that Mercedes can break Red Bull and Vettel dominance 28 November, 2013 Norbert Haug with Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner Norbert Haug, the former Mercedes competition boss, has bad news for the team Stuttgart where he spent the final years of his career in motyorsport. Soon to be headed by Paddy Lowe, Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda, Mercedes is bullish about its 2014 hopes, having finished second in 2013 to the runaway Champions, Red Bull. “For everyone and for me the target is to win the World Championship, both Championships,” driver Lewis Hamilton told British broadcaster Sky after last weekend’s 2013 finale in Brazil. “If we don’t do it naturally there will be some disappointment but we’re not even going to put that negative energy out there,” he added. Haug, however, has filled that Mercedes-sponsored void of negativity. “I don’t think that Sebastian Vettel’s dominance can be broken yet,” the 61-year-old, who was replaced by Wolff ahead of the 2013 season, told German radio Sport1. “He understands these modern cars perfectly and we’ve hardly ever seen dominance like it, even by Michael Schumacher. “I also don’t think Red Bull is going to be much less competitive after the coming winter,” added Haug, “even with the biggest technological revolution [in Formula 1] in 25 years.” However, Haug does think that Mercedes can be a contender for the 2014 title. “With Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, the team is very well placed,” he said. “Moreover, we began to think about the new generation of engine some five years ago. “I believe that Mercedes can fight for the World Championship,” added Haug. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsHorner claims Renault is 75 bhp down on MercedesMarko: Lauda made a direct offer to NeweyHorner: We want to beat Mercedes fair and squareRed Bull not interested in switch to Mercedes powerRed Bull big boss doubts they can catch MercedesRed Bull war of words with Mercedes shifts into high gearMarko: We’re amazed by aggressiveness that Mercedes used to argue against usMercedes W05 on par with Newey’s Red Bull RB10 believes CostaMarko accuses Rosberg of not using his mirrors in QualifyingLauda is convinced that Red Bull will bounce back Eevel ”I don’t think that Sebastian Vettel’s dominance can be broken just yet” but ”I believe that Mercedes can fight for the World Championship” ? Well, which is it? Garth And with Ross Brawns exit they will be fighting from within and also from further down the grid. Look who is in charge, Toto Wolfe and Paddy Lowe, now look at state of the teams they left, impressive or what.