Haug realistic about Mercedes 2012 title hopes

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

Norbert Haug

Mar.12 (GMM) Norbert Haug on Monday played down reports that Mercedes AMG could be set to be a shock world championship title contender in 2012, with their W03.

Some new analysis in the sport’s specialist media claims the team’s new car, to be raced by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg this season, was actually quicker than all comers in the crucial ‘long runs’ during recent pre-season testing.

But Haug, Mercedes-Benz’s motor sport vice-president, insisted that it is unlikely the that the team, which has previously done business under the names Brawn, Honda and BAR can leap from fourth in the constructors’ world championship to first in just a single bound.

“You don’t go from the the creation and restructuring of a team to [winning] the world championship in two years,” he is quoted by SID news agency.

“The reigning world champions (Red Bull) didn’t, and we didn’t either (as engine supplier) with McLaren.

“You just have to accept this building-up period,” added the German.

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